The introduction of CPOE for entering orders of medication or other instructions given by Physicians, electronically, instead of using handwritten orders on paper, is a system that minimizes the mistakes that sometimes occur when handwriting is illegible, and mistakes made due to inaccurate understanding of prescriptions. Due to the cost of implementation, the healthcare system overall, has not rushed to adapt to this method of processing necessary information, even though the design of CPOE is copying the flow of work of the manual charts, but faster and with more legible accuracy.

Computerized Physician Order Entry

The purpose of CPOE is a system where the full spectrum of clinical information that is reliable, secure and efficient part of integration between hospitals, laboratories, physician practices and any clinic right round the country. With this method of transmitting information, giving records about patients and all other essential administrative data needed quickly.  In fact, the Obama Administration wants this up and running smoothly as a general countrywide integration of medical services by the year 2013.

Unfortunately, the manual system of transmitting medical information is what is generally in use throughout America, so the system of CPOE is slow in utilization, even though it is more accurate and cost effective with its day- to- day running.

The Importance of CPOE

The importance of ordering tests and access to the patient’s results as fast as possible is essential for clinicians. The healthcare providers are then able to make accurate treatment options by having the test results on hand and delivering quality patient care. This speed of delivery provides valuable and useful information, both, for the physicians and the patients.

The importance of and the solution to end as much handwritten data as possible, is to making use of a web-base order entry and results system of report, where internet technology for medical personnel enables them to retrieve relevant clinical information quickly. All the necessary information will be available for them from a user-friendly service on an internet browser from either their medical rooms or an internet browser anywhere else.

Delivery of Reports

Via a web-based physician portal, the full spectrum of clinical information is able to target and deliver the efficient exchange of necessary information and various reports needed instantly, to either a mobile service, or else through making use of the web. This speedy method of health information exchange is what makes CPOE essential on a daily basis for the medical profession.

In life and death situations, the medical personnel involved need various specimen reports and necessary data regarding the patient speedily and not to have to wait for hours for answers.  Furthermore, the administering of correct medication for patients is no longer a problem, as any allergic reactions on the patients file noted by the quick reporting through the web to the clinic or medical center involved. This helps to remove errors that occur occasionally in hospitals, through the lack of essential information.

The importance of fast and accurate test results for clinicians cannot be emphasized strongly enough, for good quality healthcare and for patients to be provided with the best treatment possible. The data in the patients reports including the various laboratory results that include anatomic pathology, surgical issues, blood, radiology and cardiology reporting and in addition, discharge summaries.

File Storage versus the Web

The common method of holding patients information in paper files, mostly in use in the hospitals and various medical practices throughout the United States. Medical Practitioners find that the ease of entering the data and the low cost involved, are reasons for not wanting change. However, files require plenty of storage space in comparison to that of digital data of the web, with records in the United States requiring keeping for a seven-year period.