Computerized Provider Order Entry: The Basics

Computerized provider order entry (CPOE) refers to the process of providers entering and sending treatment instructions – including medication, laboratory, and radiology orders – via a computer application rather than paper, fax, or telephone.

Why It Matters

CPOE has several benefits. CPOE can help your organization:

  • Reduce errors and improve patient safety: At a minimum, CPOE can help your organization reduce errors by ensuring providers produce standardized, legible, and complete orders. In addition, CPOE technology often includes built-in clinical decision support tools that can automatically check for drug interactions, medication allergies, and other potential problems.
  • Improve efficiency: By enabling providers to submit orders electronically, CPOE can help your organization get medication, laboratory, and radiology orders to pharmacies, laboratories, and radiology facilities faster, saving time and improving efficiency.
  • Improve reimbursements: Some orders require pre-approvals from insurance plans. CPOE, when integrated with an electronic practice management system, can flag orders that require pre-approval, helping you reduce denied insurance claims.

In short, CPOE is safer and more efficient for providers and patients.

Achieving Meaningful Use

CPOE is a core meaningful use objective for Stage 1 and Stage 2 meaningful use. Learn more:

For More Information

For more information about CPOE, see the following resources.