Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
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Computerized Physician Order Entry

  • Michael WeinerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_75


Computer-based physician order entry; Computer-based provider order entry; Computerized provider order entry; Computerized order entry (COE); Physician order entry


In daily medical practice, physicians routinely create plans of diagnosis and treatment for their patients. These plans typically contain specific, formal orders – directives – that are expected to be implemented by other medical professionals, such as nurses or personnel at laboratories or pharmacies. When such personnel are expected to implement part of a physician’s diagnosis or treatment plan, corresponding orders must be created and documented in the patient’s medical record. Physicians have traditionally used paper-based charting systems to record medical orders.

Computerized physician order entry(CPOE) is a process by which physicians directly enter medical orders into a computer. CPOE is typically done when the computer is being used to access an electronic health record (EHR), and the physician...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regenstrief Institute, Inc.Indiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Vipul Kashyap
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical ProgramsCIGNA HealthcareBloomfieldUSA