What if there was a CPOE Election?
On Election Day, we wonder what would happen if hospital CIOs and physicians around the country got to vote for the CPOE system of their choice. Would the “major party” candidates (e.g., Epic, Cerner, McKesson) win? Or would there be sufficient voter dissatisfaction to elevate a third-party candidate to victory? What would the driving issues be? We suspect that a candidate running on a platform of physician usability, minimal training requirements, rapid implementation, and IT infrastructure preservation would stand a good chance at an upset.
Fortunately, hospitals are not limited to one day every four years to make a CPOE decision. They can do it whenever their institution’s evaluation process is complete and funding is secured. Regardless of timing, every hospital reasonably expects their CPOE selection to last more than four years, and to be fully functional and productive in much less than that… just like a newly-elected President.