Pharmacy World and Science

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 83–87 | Cite as

The potential role of computerisation and information technology in improving prescribing in hospitals

  • H.-J. Guchelaar
  • M.D. Kalmeijer


For physicians, prescribing of drugs is one of the most common actions in daily practice. In the continuum prescribing, dispensing, administration and use of drugs, failures may occur and can lead to patient harm. The use of computerised physician order entry systems is subject to much discussion regarding medication error reduction. This commentary analyses the issues where such systems can contribute to improved care.

Computerised physician order entry systems Computerised prescribing Information technology Medication errors Prescribing 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • H.-J. Guchelaar
    • 1
  • M.D. Kalmeijer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Academic Medical CentreUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands, E-mail

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