Implementation of a Computerized Provider Order Entry System in a Pediatric Hospital in Canada

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2021 May 27:281:590-594. doi: 10.3233/SHTI210239.


The Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine (Montreal, Canada) is a pediatric academic tertiary hospital that has begun the implementation of a commercial computerized provider order entry system (CPOE) in October 2019. The objectives of this paper are 1) to estimate the impact of the CPOE system on medication errors, and 2) to identify vulnerability issues related to the configuration of the CPOE system's design. Using a pre-post implementation methodology measuring medication errors captured by clinical pharmacists revealed that the implementation of a CPOE has eliminated all prescription conformity (e.g., missing fields) and legibility errors. Pharmacists have continued to detect medication errors, especially inappropriate dosing instructions, and to intervene in similar clinical situations (medication reconciliation, deprescribing, adjusting orders). Additionally, the vulnerability analysis, based on typical clinical order test cases in an inpatient pediatric setting, highlighted the need to configure a clinical decision support system that can identify inappropriate dosing instructions for pediatric patients.

Keywords: CPOE; Computerized provider order entry; electronic prescription; medication error; usability evaluation.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Child
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical*
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • Medical Order Entry Systems*
  • Medication Errors / prevention & control