Hospitals take different paths going through the electronic health records meaningful use process, but regardless of the route, many end up in the emergency department.

A session during HIMSS12 in Las Vegas will examine the MU travels taken by Duncan (Okla.) Regional Hospital and University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky. Computerized physician order entry is a meaningful use criteria; 85 percent of total order volume at Duncan Regional now is done via CPOE. That’s because, spurred by meaningful use, the hospital implemented the technology in inpatient wards and the ED at the same time with different systems--Meditech in the wards and T-Systems in emergency. “I would not recommend that kind of pain to anybody,” says Roger Neal, vice president of information technology and CIO.

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