Computerized Physician Order Entry and Electronic Medical Record Systems in Korean Teaching and General Hospitals: Results of a 2004 Survey
Many hospitals around the world use Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) systems and many have experienced success, drawbacks, and difficulties using them. CPOE was first introduced in 1982 to the Republic of Korea. The purpose of this study is to determine the availability of CPOE and Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) in teaching hospitals in Korea. 
A mail and telephone survey was conducted with 283 hospitals. 57 hospitals were considered teaching hospitals and 226 were general hospitals.
Overall 71 of the hospitals or 25% completed the survey and returned it by mail. There was 51 responses by telephone surveys. The final response rate was 43.1%. 86% stated that CPOE was mandatory at their facility. More than 90% of physicians reported to be using CPOE in 85(79.4%) of the hospitals. Physicians entered 90% of their orders through CPOE.
- 80.3% of hospitals had a complete form of CPOE available.
- Only 11 or 9% of hospitals reported that a complete EMR was available at their facility.
Overall the majority of the hospitals used some form of CPOE or it was available for them. On the other hand, the use of an EMR is less popular in both teaching and general hospitals. The use of EMRs could increase in the next few years if Koreas government encourages the use of the systems and offers financial incentives as well.
- Park, 2005. Computerized Physician Order Entry and Electronic Medical Record Systems in Korean Teaching and General Hospitals: Results of a 2004 Survey . http://jamia.oxfordjournals.org/content/12/6/642