Computerized Provider Entry

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Computerize provider order entry has had a tremendous impact on improving patient safety and health care outcomes. As a post-operative unit secretary, I often had the wonderful task of transcribing physician orders. I spent more time trying to contact the physician’s to ensure that I understood their handwriting then actually transcribing the order. There were numerous medication errors made through the assumption of transcribed orders. Consequently, computerized provider order entry helped to significantly reduce those risks. However, I have witness computerized provider order entry errors made by clinicians that the system fails to recognize. For example, a patient reported taking an anxiety medication X 2.5mg PO daily upon admission. Four

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