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Pharmacy World and Science

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 88–93 | Cite as

Implementation of a computerized physician medication order entry system at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam

  • M.D. Kalmeijer
  • W. Holtzer
  • R. van Dongen
  • H.-J. Guchelaar
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Abstract

In the period 1997–2001 the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam implemented the computerized physician medication order entry (CPmOE) system Medicator®. This article describes several important aspects of this program: technological architecture, features, implementation project, authentication and training, continuous support, human resource investments, route of prescription, logistics and administration. Furthermore important advantages and disadvantages of the CPmOE system are discussed. Advantages mainly concern patient safety and drug logistics, while disadvantages are related to access to a computer, user friendliness of the software and printer problems.

Computerized Physician Medication Order Entry Electronic prescribing Implementation Medication errors Medicator® 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • M.D. Kalmeijer
    • 1
  • W. Holtzer
    • 1
  • R. van Dongen
    • 1
  • H.-J. Guchelaar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Academic Medical CentreUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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