What is the point of an Order Entry? - Advantages

Why do you actually need a digital laboratory portal? Or to put it another way: What are the advantages of using our DORNER Order Entry?

The Munich leukaemia laboratory is a leading international provider of leukaemia diagnostics and uses our Order Entry System for electronic order entry and report transmission.

Christian Pohlkamp, MD, Internist, Haematology and Oncology & Head of Cytomorphology:

Dr. Pohlkamp, you have been using our DORNER Order Entry for some time now to offer your senders a convenient digital way to commission you with examinations. What are the advantages for you and your senders?

Christian Pohlkamp, MD: I probably can't even count that on one hand. It has many advantages! It starts with very simple things: For example, there are often problems with the correct transmission of patient data or accompanying documents (laboratory values, etc.). A purely digital transmission of such data is, of course, much less prone to errors than, for example, handwritten notes on an OB certificate. That is a first advantage. Secondly, the query of findings is of course faster, but on the other hand, the entry of orders in this digital portal is also significantly simplified and supported. So, a kind of assistance is provided in this very complex field of leukaemia diagnostics.

Do your senders incur any costs as a result?

Dr. med. Christian Pohlkamp: The installation process and use are completely free of charge. The support during the installation process is also free of charge. This means that there are no costs of any kind for the sender if they want to use this order entry system.

When using such portals, medical data is transmitted via the internet. Is this also safe?

Dr. med. Christian Pohlkamp: Of course, we also hear the question about data protection very often from our senders. First of all, I have to say that the use of digital data transmission channels, as we have established them in our Order Entry, is now much more secure than many methods of conventional data transmission. It is also the case that the patient does not have to consent to the transmission of his data. It is also not the case that we request more data than we would receive with conventional paper-based orders. Nothing changes there. The only thing is that the method of data transmission is modified, namely digital.

And as soon as the data are transmitted, the sender waits for the findings?

Dr. med. Christian Pohlkamp: The orders can also be digitally post-processed and modified. It is certainly also advantageous for the senders if they can track their samples digitally. So if they can look in our laboratory book (in our digital one) to see which examinations have progressed with which patients and how far. How long does it take until I find out, for example, this or that critical parameter for the patient? This is also medically relevant in some cases, so that you can plan the therapy after the diagnosis. In this respect, I think that this digital portal (the order entry solution) will not only be helpful for the senders, but in the medium term, there is no way around it; in a world that is becoming more and more digitalised.

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