Article Review of CPOE
Every year, there are numerous reports about patients receiving erroneous medical treatment that threatens their lives or puts an end to it. This is why numerous innovations are being developed to lessen the instances of putting patients’ lives at risk and to lessen the cost that hospitals have to spend for damage control. As a result, the article suggests that “all Massachusetts hospitals complete implementation of CPOE systems with clinical decision support by 2011” (New England Healthcare Institute, 2008).
Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) allows clinicians, especially physicians, to enter treatment information into a database that can be accessed by other health professionals like nurses so that every order is clear and accurate, which lessens the likelihood of them committing mistakes and putting patients’ lives in danger. Although implementation would present difficulties and resistances, the study shows a win-win situation to both sides involved. Patients would not have to worry about the quality of care that they would receive from hospitals and clinics. On the other hand, clinicians would experience less miscommunication because everything will be entered into an organized system and less writing on paper will be done.
Because of the increasing need for systems like CPOE, it is significant to note that this study, which the article discusses, is a very important development in the clinical setting. It presents a feasible solution to the dangers of medication errors and expensive procedures that hospital managements have to undertake to fix the situation. It is also related to medical informatics due to the use of databases and computers. Health care professionals need to be familiarized with such electronic tools and systems for the CPOE to be implemented.
New England Healthcare Institute. (2008, February). Saving Lives, Saving Money: The Imperative for Computerized Physician Order Entry in Massachusetts Hospitals. Retrieved November 27, 2008, from http://www.nehi.net/publications/8/saving_lives_saving_money_the_imperative_for_computerized_physician_order_entry_in_massachusetts_hospitals