Impact of computerised provider order entry system on nursing workflow, patient safety, and medication errors: Perspectives from the front line

Fatimah Alsweed, Anwar Alshaikh, Anwar Ahmed, Faisel Yunus, Mowafa Househ*

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Abstract

There is a paucity of research on the impact of computerised provider order entry (CPOE) system on the front line staff. We assessed nurses' perspectives of the impact of CPOE system implementation on their workflow, patient safety and medication errors in a Saudi Arabian hospital. We conducted a cross-sectional survey involving 112 nurses between April and May 2012. The workflow was easy to manage for nurses who rated CPOE training as of good quality (p = 0.001) and they found that CPOE helped in reducing medication errors (p = 0.001). The nurses who rated CPOE training as of good quality also stated that patient safety was better with CPOE implementation and its use (p < 0.05). Provision of adequate CPOE training improves nurses' perception of the system's role in their workflow, patient safety and medication errors, and is critical in the success of CPOE use and its long-term adoption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-300
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Electronic Healthcare
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CPOE impact
  • CPOE training
  • Medication errors
  • Nursing workflow
  • Patient safety
  • Satisfaction
  • Saudi Arabia

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