Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) Directory » Technology

Computerized physician order entry is a system that allows direct entry of medical orders and instructions for the treatment of patients by a medical practitioner. The orders are communicated through a computer network to medical staff or other various departments responsible for fulfilling an order, including pharmacy, radiology or laboratory. 

Used properly, CPOE decreases delay in order completion, reduces errors related to handwriting or transcriptions, allows order entry at point-of-care or offsite, provides error checking for duplicate or incorrect doses or tests, and simplifies inventory and positing of charges. CPOE is being increasingly encouraged by organizations such as the Leapfrog Group because it has proven to be an important solution to reducing medical errors and improving healthcare quality and efficiency.