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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 180-183

Computerized provider order entry system: Solution to improve patient safety

1 Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Department of Health Information Technology, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

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Mahtab Kasaei
Department of Health Information Technology, Faculty of Health Management and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.129182

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Introduction: Nowadays patient safety is one of the biggest concerns that health care organizations are faced with and medication errors is the most common cause of patient safety threatening. Low access to information during the decision-making and poor communication between care team members are the leading cause of medical errors that appear in most handheld systems. Therefore, this study investigated the knowledge of Physicians, nurses and pharmacy personnel about CPOE in Ayatollah Kashani Academic hospital in Isfahan, Iran to improve patient safety. Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study in which 213 physicians', nurses' and pharmacy personnel's knowledge was surveyed by the questionnaire with 76 items. In Ayatollah Kashani hospital, we measured the knowledge of all 58 physicians and 10 pharmacy personnel about CPOE, but we sampled nurses by Morgan table and the 95% confidence level (144 nurses). Obtained data were analyzed with Statistical Package for the Social Sciences software (SPSS 16) and descriptive statistics were used to examine measures of compliance. Results: The findings indicated that knowledge of physicians, nurses and pharmacy personnel about CPOE was relatively desirable (65%). Their knowledge about the CPOE roles in medical prescription, dispensing, administration, time required in providing care, productivity, patient safety, and costs were 69%, 58%, 69%, 62%, 69%, 77% and 64%, respectively. Conclusion: Knowledge of physicians, nurses and pharmacy staff about CPOE was desirable; therefore, to improve the present situation, education, investment and infrastructure provision are necessary.

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