Only 14 percent of U.S. non-military or veterans hospitals have met the proposed meaningful use requirement of 10 percent of orders being generated via computerized physician order entry technology, according to a new report from vendor research firm KLAS Enterprises.

The Orem, Utah-based firm's report is based on data gathered from virtually every civilian hospital that was live with a commercial CPOE product through 2009.

Community hospitals are at a 12 percent CPOE use rate and generally have achieved lower penetration than larger counterparts. For all community hospitals to implement CPOE within the next year to qualify for full incentive payments, more than eight of the hospitals would need to go live every day from June 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011.

Cerner Corp. has the most hospitals live with CPOE, but Eclipsys Corp. and Epic Systems Corp. have the highest penetration of adoption, according to the report. Physicians are most satisfied with Eclipsys' CPOE, but Cerner and Epic users are more satisfied the more deeply they adopt the technology.

Other vendors in the report include Computer Programs and Systems, GE Healthcare, Healthland, Health Management Systems, McKesson, Meditech, QuadraMed and Siemens. The report, "CPOE Digest 2010: Traffic Jams on the Road to Meaningful Use," is available for purchase at

--Joseph Goedert


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