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Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA): Computerized Prescriber Order Entry

Many hospitals have implemented or are evaluating systems for computerized physician order entry (CPOE). (These systems are sometimes referred to as computer prescriber order entry systems, reflecting the fact that certain qualified staff other than physicians are permitted to prescribe in some hospitals.) Staff members at Fairview Southdale Hospital completed this failure mode effects analysis (FMEA) for the CPOE process, to highlight the different risks associated with the process and to identify opportunities for improvement. 

DP Failure Mode Effect Analysis – Breaking Down the FMEA

Background

Staff members at Fairview Southdale Hospital completed this FMEA to evaluate their CPOE system. The processes and failure modes described here are specific to that hospital and are based on the assessments and opinions of the staff involved. This FMEA serves as an example for reference only. 

Directions

Review the FMEA and determine whether Fairview Southdale Hospital’s processes are similar to those in your organization. If they are, use this scenario as a reference in developing an FMEA of your own organization’s CPOE, with modifications to suit your organization. It is important that you review the actual steps in your own process for a thorough FMEA. Use this tool as a reference only. Organizations should not adopt Fairview Southdale’s analysis as is.
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