Computerized Physician Order Entry: Fallible, Not Foolproof

Linda Timm Wagner, PharmD; Charlotte A. Kenreigh, PharmD


November 17, 2005

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Practice Pearls

Because pharmacists are intimately involved in the medication ordering system, they are often looked to as "experts" in CPOE. Pharmacists can provide guidance to other medication use stakeholders by encouraging active and continuous review of the technology:

  • Establish a multidisciplinary team prior to initiation of CPOE to review medication error rates and observe trends.

  • Communicate both the benefits of CPOE and the possible problems it may introduce.

  • Educate prescribers on the limitations of the system.

  • Involve all stakeholders in the selection, implementation, and continued review of CPOE systems.


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