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July 13, 2005

Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems and Medication Errors

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(2):178-181. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.179-b

To the Editor: Dr Koppel and colleagues1 discuss errors that may have occurred as residents, using a CPOE system, chose from preset prescribing templates, sometimes overlooking specific patient needs. My experience in an academic internal medicine residency program suggests that CPOE may also detract from physician development when trainees rely on preset orders in lieu of carefully considering treatment decisions.