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Semin Med Pract 
2004 ;7:44-56
Computerized physician order entry systems: the promise of safer, better care
Slater B

Interest in the use of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and other innovations in health information technology is on the rise, because these tools show promise in helping to address many of the problems undermining the quality of health care in the United States. Unfortunately, many physicians in training or new to practice are unprepared to integrate information technology optimally into patient care. The purpose of this article is to provide those unfamiliar with CPOE with a conceptual understanding of the functional components and capabilities of well-designed and integrated hospital CPOE systems. A brief review of the literature on the demonstrated value of CPOE is provided, followed by a discussion of factors critical to successful implementation of a CPOE system that will offer real value to physicians and their patients.

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