Computerized Prescription Order Entry Cuts Medication Error Likelihood in Half

Processing a prescription through an electronic ordering system can reduce the likelihood of a drug error by half and avoid more than 17 million such incidents in U.S. hospitals in one year alone, according to a new study supported by AHRQ. The study authors evaluated evidence on the impact of computerized provider order entry (CPOE) on hospital drug errors and combined this information with data on CPOE adoption and the volume of medication orders processed annually. They found that CPOE adoption reduced drug errors and concluded that CPOE could substantially reduce the annual number of those errors if widely implemented.