Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




Healthcare organizations are consistently exhausting efforts to improve their patient safety standards and outcomes, especially those that are regulated by federal and state agencies. Many healthcare organizations have chosen to implement an Electronic Health Record (EHR) to facilitate better decision-making and faster tumaround for providers, thus improving patient safety. The EHR allows providers to manage patient care with the help of decision support functions, and with greater accessibility to the patient's information. One of the components of an EHR is the application of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE). Although the benefits to both providers and patients have shown to be very positive in the use of CPOE, getting there can be a challenge. Implementing CPOE is considered to be enormous change for a healthcare organization. Having provider leadership engaged in the early stages and throughout a CPOE implementation is critical to the success of the overall short and longer term use.


SC 11.MAL.2010.Walker.EJ