At one hospital, computerized order system cut mortality by 20%

Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2010

A new study suggests that using computerized physician order entry can cut mortality. The study found that at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, the monthly mortality rate dropped by 20%, to about 0.7 deaths per 100 discharges from just over 1 death (those figures are unadjusted). The authors estimate the system may have led to 36 fewer deaths over the 18 months that the system was studied after its CPOE rollout.


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