No, we don't have this in our hospital. But as an ex-IT guy, this is the best and the right thing to do. Basically, the software can be programmed to linked to various department. The MD's order will be forwarded real time and there will be a lot less error. There will be no guessing of the MD's handwriting. There will be no faxing or delivering meds order to pharmacy. Radiology orders entered will be showed up in their department's computer screen. As I work in hospital environment daily, the majority of the problems are caused by inefficient work flow. These kinds of problems can be eliminated by software that runs on computer networks. Hospitals are very old fashion, it takes them forever to realize the benefits of computer technologies.
If I were to design the system, I'd make it touch screen like most ER systems. This will make it very easy for the MDs, especially those from old schools
to use the system. Then after they select everything they want, the screen will show the list of their order for review before they hit the "comfirm order" button.
We can also make it remote accessible to the MDs. Therefore, they can dial-in and connect to the hospital's system and give orders. After they put in an order remotely, the nurse's station's computer will have a pop up screen prompting the nurse/secretary to note the order etc... Oh, how wonderful !
Enough dreaming.....I'll still be dealing with pen and paper tomorrow....