Computerized provider order entry is a key component of health information system that allows the entry of clinical orders and instructions for the treatment of patients by a practitioners. The orders are communicated through a computer network to staff or other various departments responsible for fulfilling an order, including pharmacy, food services, radiology or laboratory.
- speeds order completion,
- reduces errors related to handwriting or transcriptions,
- allows order entry at point-of-care or offsite,
- provides error checking for duplicate or incorrect doses or tests, and
- simplifies inventory and posting of charges.