Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)
CPOE allows health care providers (e.g. physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmacists) to electronically order and process lab tests, medications, clinical procedures, and other services. Routing important requests for patient care occurs almost instantaneously. From the workflow standpoint, CPOE allows the provider to enter orders from any location (fixed or mobile) while simultaneously accessing the patient’s chart. Those orders are then transmitted immediately to the individuals responsible for implementing them, thereby increasing the efficiency of the entire process of care.
The advantages of Computerized Provider Order Entry are primarily related to improved patient safety by avoiding transcription errors, illegible orders, and unsafe abbreviations, as well as reducing inappropriate dosages, harmful drug interactions, and therapeutic duplications.