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Hospitals’ digital drug ordering boosts safety but can lead to fatal errors
USA Today

Hospitals’ use of digital medication orders have dramatically reduced the number of dangerous drug errors, but their computer systems still fail to flag 13% of potentially fatal mistakes, a report released Thursday shows.

Medication errors are by far the most common mistakes made in hospitals — and hospital errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Digital drug ordering is part of so-called “computerized physician order entry,” or CPOE, which was designed to address the problem.