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July 13, 2005

Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems and Medication Errors

JAMA. 2005;294(2):178-181. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.178-b

To the Editor: There are weaknesses in the study of the role of CPOE and medication errors by Dr Koppel and colleagues1 that we would like to clarify. The CPOE system on which the conclusions of the article were drawn is now outdated, with greatly limited capabilities compared with current technology. Because more recent technologies have user interfaces that are more intuitive and better designed to fit physician workflow, this study should not be viewed as an indictment of CPOE at its current level of maturity.