Electronically Prescribing: A new Policy in Iranian Hospitals

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Zahedan University of Medical Sciences

2 Assistant Professor in Health Policy, Health Research Center, Zahedan University of medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran.


Medication Errors (MEs) as one of the most important medical errors in hospitals are common, expensive, and sometimes harmful to patients. Several strategies such as Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) and wristband barcoding are used for decreasing MEs. The role of new technologies is emphasized in the policies and planning in the health system in Iran. Worldwide, CPOE is a new technology to improve patient care, patient safety, increase patients satisfaction and user productivity, decrease of MEs and costs in hospitals. This system appears as an effective tool in reducing MEs. Elimination of eligibility errors, ensuring completeness in prescribing fields, reduction in transcription errors are other benefits of CPOE system. CPOE has been implemented in Namazi Teaching Hospital and had impressive impact on decreasing of MEs. The use of this system is changing to a policy in hospitals in Iran and it emphasized in the vision of Iran for 1404.


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