Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems: The Right Prescription?

Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems: The Right Prescription?

Ross Koppel

Policymakers increasingly urge the use of information technology to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. In particular, computerized physician order entry (CPOE) is emphasized for its ability to reduce prescribing errors inherent in paper-based systems. This Issue Brief summarizes research that sounds a cautionary note about the potential for computerized systems to facilitate medication errors, as well as reduce them.