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CPOE Leads to Drop in Patient Mortality, California Hospital Finds

California’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is the first hospital nationwide to find evidence that a computerized physician order entry system can reduce medical errors and save lives, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics, Reuters reports.

Since the CPOE system was implemented in 2007, the hospital’s mortality rate declined by 20%, resulting in 36 fewer deaths over a year and a half (Joelving, Reuters, 5/3).