Order Communications (OCM) is the electronic method of placing a request for the Radiology Department to carry out an investigation on a patient. It is the electronic equivalent of the request form. When using OCM systems, the clinician selects the patient and identifies the tests he or she feels are required. As part of this process they also enter details such as the clinical reason for the examination and exam specific information requirements.
OCM systems improve and speed up the information flow between the requesting clinician and the radiology department, while also providing the imaging personnel with more accurate and clear information about the patient and the requested examination.
OCM systems are also often called Electronic Requesting Systems or Computer Physician Order Entry (CPOE).
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