The introduction of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) eliminates the need for handwritten orders, thereby reducing the opportunity for errors, while enhancing communication between health care team members.
CPOE applications enable health care providers to enter orders for services, such as diagnostic tests, medications or surgery, electronically, rather than through traditional methods, which relied on paper, verbal communications, telephone or fax.
Most CPOE solutions include standardized electronic order sets that encompass a wide range of services, including medicine, surgery, critical care, clinical nutrition, laboratory tests, consultation requests, pediatrics, respiratory assessment, neurophysiology, transfusion and mental health. These order sets are based on current clinical guidelines and evidence to support safe and effective patient care.
Infoway has invested with a number of health care organizations and jurisdictions across Canada to implement CPOE, as well as to evaluate its benefits.