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Doctors order medications through a computer

The descriptions for this measure come from source:

"Hospitals can use Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) systems to order medications for patients in the hospital, instead of writing out prescriptions by hand. Effective CPOE systems alert hospital staff if they try to order a medication that could cause harm, such as prescribing an adult dosage for a child or ordering a medication that a patient is allergic to. CPOE systems are integral to reducing medication errors in the hospital."

About this measure

“In order to fully meet Leapfrog’s CPOE Standard, hospitals must: 1. Assure that physicians enter at least 75% of medication orders via a computer system that includes prescribing-error prevention software; and 2. Demonstrate that their inpatient CPOE system can alert physicians to at least 50% of common, serious prescribing errors.” Scores are reported as:

1 = Willing to Report
2 = Some Progress
3 = Substantial Progress
4 = Fully Meets Standards

Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.