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the conclusions of the article were drawn is now outdated, with greatly limited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.
Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems and Medication Errors. JAMA. 2005;294(2):178-181. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.178-b