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Undesirable and Desirable Consequences of Implementing a  Computerized Provider Order Entry System: A Literature  Review

Author: Natasha C. Turner

Primary Advisor: Dr. Robert Vogler, DSN

Masters thesis, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston.


Computerized provider order entry (CPOE) systems have been recognized as highly valuable tools to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical work. The purpose of a CPOE system is to refine and automate the clinical ordering process, and to provide the clinician with relevant and valuable information at the point of decision making. In this paper I report the results of a literature review of works describing both the undesirable and desirable consequences of implementing a CPOE system. This review provides insight into the types of consequences of implementing a CPOE system and the impact of CPOE systems on clinical workflows.