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Five Lessons on How to Get Physicians to Adopt CPOE
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

I often read or hear about "physician buy-in"—as I'm sure most of you do too—as the key component to successfully implementing many IT projects, including computerized physician order entry. While I agree that physicians need to join the effort for CPOE to be successful, I also think there is a lot more behind the successful implementations—like dogged persistence. [Read More]
October 20, 2009
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