CA Children’s Hospital finds reduction in mortality with CPOE system

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

May 5, 2010

Much debate has been had over whether computer-physician order entry (CPOE) systems have helped to reduce medication errors. A new study from researchers at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford University School of Medicine has found that a decrease in mortality rates at the facility can be correlated to use of the CPOE system. The facility has had a CPOE system in place since 2007, and the study evaluated patient outcomes over an 18-month period. During that time, mortality rates decreased by 20%.

Although CPOE systems have been available for a number of years now, there has been little evidence supporting their correlation to decreased mortality rates. The researchers acknowledge that in addition to CPOE, other improvements in patient care were being made at the facility during this time.

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