The pace is picking up in the movement of hospitals toward automated tracking of health records, medications, and patient care. Who better than nurses—with their intimate, on-the-ground expertise—to lead the way?
CPOE: it sounds like a sci-fi robot, but it's actually the computerized physician order entry system that could revolutionize the way hospitals function. You may already be familiar with CPOE, as it's currently used in about 30% of U.S. hospitals.
The expanding role of computers and technology in our lives has pervaded health care settings. This first column in a series on nursing informatics explores the future careers and job functions of nurses in technology.