Computerized physician order entry can reduce errors and improve clinical outcomes, but introducing the technology in the hospital setting is an exercise in caution.

That was the key message delivered at the HIMSS Nursing Symposium by Barbara Radice, R.N., vice president of clinical informatics at Sharp Healthcare, a six-hospital system in San Diego. Radice’s talk highlighted Sharp’s progress toward an inpatient EHR, which includes an order entry module. To date, four Sharp hospitals have deployed the technology, with two more in line this spring. The effort began in 2008.

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