Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) in the US state of California has installed a centralised pharmacy information system to replace inefficient and illegible handwritten orders.

PIH also implemented an electronic medication record tool to enhance speed and accuracy in dispensing patient medications.

The integration has eliminated the need to manually transcribe 2,000 medication orders placed daily, improving pharmacy department workflow and patient care, PIH officials said.

The CPOE system has reduced the 444-bed hospital’s medication delivery time by 60%, decreasing from an average of 60 minutes to 24, PIH said.