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Impact of computerized physician order entry on physician time.

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Center for Applied Medical Information Systems Research, Harvard Medical School.

Abstract

We examined the effect of computerized physician order entry on housestaff time use patterns, using time motion techniques. For both medical and surgical house officers, writing orders on the computer took about twice as long (p < 0.001), or 44 minutes for medical and 73 minutes for surgical house officers. Medical house officers recovered about half this time because some administrative tasks--e.g. looking for charts--were made easier. Within types of orders, sets of stereotyped orders took much less time with order entry, but one-time orders took longer. We have since developed strategies to make it easier to enter one-time orders.

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7950101
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PMC2247898
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