• Commentary
  • Published April 2004

Computerized physician order entry: helpful or harmful?

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The authors critically review the published data that traditionally support computerized physician order entry (CPOE) as means to improve patient safety and reduce costs. Through reanalysis of the work of Bates, Classen, and others, the authors challenge the accepted premise of CPOE's benefits, suggesting that CPOE is an unproven technology and that the broad policy enthusiasm for its adoption is premature.

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