DORNER Order Entry in the Munich Leukaemia Laboratory

The Munich Leukaemia Laboratory is an international leader in leukaemia diagnostics. To make it as easy as possible for their senders to navigate through the complex spectrum of examinations, they use our DORNER Order Entry.

Christian Pohlkamp, MD, Internist, Haematology and Oncology & Head of Cytomorphology, reveals why in this video:

More than 70% of all medical diagnoses are based on laboratory results. These analyses are still largely requested on handwritten paper forms. A comparatively time-consuming and error-prone process.

Dr. Christian Pohlkamp: With conventionally sent orders, patient identification is often difficult. Or the technical information is simply so incomplete that we can't start the full diagnostic process, but have to make another phone call afterwards. It seems a bit anachronistic to still work like that in an age like today. That's why I think that digital order entry will be the only alternative in the medium term.

Why is it important for the MLL to use the DORNER Order Entry?

Dr Christian Pohlkamp: The Munich leukaemia laboratory is a leading international provider of leukaemia diagnostics. So we have a very strong position especially on the German market, i.e. a large part of the outpatient and inpatient haematological providers send samples to us for the diagnosis of leukaemia and similar diseases. And we are also an innovation driver, I say confidently, i.e. we attach great importance to digitalisation and automation in our laboratory, both in terms of robotics and the implementation of e.g. machine learning methods for the various diagnostic areas. That's what we're committed to.

What do your senders get out of it?

Dr. Christian Pohlkamp: A fundamental problem is of course the complexity of leukaemia diagnostics today, which is not decreasing, but will continuously increase over the next few years. In such a diagnostic jungle, it is becoming more and more difficult for the sender, who may also have to treat mammary carcinomas and intestinal tumours at the same time, to find his way around. That is why we are grateful that the Order Entry System on the one hand offers great assistance, if only in the selection of methods and in sifting through this jungle of methods. Based on their level of knowledge, the entrants can request assistance individually. On the other hand, it naturally makes our work easier if the orders arrive with a higher degree of precision and correct content.

Why did you choose our DORNER Order Entry?

Dr. med. Christian Pohlkamp: Leukaemia examinations will become more and more complex in the coming years. Our range of examinations will also be continuously oriented to this and will become more complex and granular. And of course we are very grateful that we have a very flexible partner in DORNER, who always strives to implement state-of-the-art diagnostics in our order entry system in a timely manner and to make the necessary adjustments, while at the same time making the system easier and more intuitive to use. For example, we are currently working on one-stop-shop packages that enable the sender to order a complex range of examinations with one or two clicks, adapted to the respective suspected diagnosis, without having to navigate for minutes through the complex selection of methods and parameters.

Why can't you just keep requesting as you always have?

Dr. med. Christian Pohlkamp: The portals are of decisive importance for us and I think in the medium term at least also for our senders, because it is foreseeable that in medicine, as well as in all other areas of daily life, digitalisation is becoming more and more prevalent. Ultimately, the question is: How long can I continue to do without an order entry portal or a digital findings portal? In other words, how long will it still be possible to order samples and call up findings in the conventional, analogue way, be it technically or in terms of data protection? In this respect, I think that in the long run, there is no getting around the use of such portals.

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