Measuring the effect of computerized physician order entry on quality and cost of care

The Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program was designed to support research, demonstration, and evaluation projects examining major changes in health care financing.Under this project, the researchers will measure the quality and cost effects of clinical information technology (IT), specifically computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems. They will use data from 1997 to 2006 to measure the direct value of CPOE, as well as the value it creates in conjunction with complementary technological and organizational investments. The value of CPOE will be based on its causal effect on medical errors, financial costs of medical errors, financial value of CPOE-driven error reductions, and "charge capture," which the researchers describe as more effective billing and the ability to extract higher payments from Medicare and other payers. The objective of this study is to provide new insight into how clinical IT creates both financial and clinical value, while enhancing the empirical rigor with which that value is measured.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $289,221.00

Awarded on: 8/4/2008

Time frame: 9/1/2008 - 12/31/2010

Grant Number: 64845


University of Minnesota Medical School

420 Delaware Street, S.E.
Minneapolis, 55454-0341


Jeffrey McCullough
Project Director