GUEST EDITORIAL Implementation, CPOE, and Medication Errors The March 9 JAMA article titled “Role of Computer- DID WE REALLY EXPECT IT TO BE THAT ized Physician Order Entry Systems in Facilitating Medication Errors” was guaranteed to gain the atten- EASY? tion of anyone with an interest in computerized physi- The content of the article clearly highlights that it is cian order entry (CPOE), whether that interest is posi- not “just the CPOE system itself” but the way that it is tive or negative. Those in favor of CPOE, as a means of implemented and used in the environment that has preventing errors, were quick to point out that the sys- facilitated medication error risks. Thus, the article pro- tem on which the study was based was a last-genera- vides a valuable message for CPOE system developers, tion system and that the problems mentioned had been implementers, and hospital administrators. How CPOE resolved. The media, of course, were quick to pick up systems are installed, adopted by clinicians, and main- that CPOE systems can cause errors. How do we tained are just as important, if not more important, achieve the promised benefits of CPOE and minimize than system selection. The
CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: May 1, 2005
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