Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Clinical Order

  • Dan RusslerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_63


Order item; Procedure order; Procedure request; Service item; Service order; Service request


The act of requesting that a service be performed for a patient.

Clinical orders in healthcare share many characteristics with purchase orders in other industries. Both clinical orders and purchase orders establish a customer-provider relationship between the person placing the request for a service to be provided and the person or organization filling the request. In both cases, the clinical order and purchase order are followed by either a promise or intent to fill the request, a decline to fill the request, or a counter-proposal to provide an alternate service. In both scenarios, an authorization step such as an insurance company authorization or a credit company authorization may be required. Therefore, the dynamic flow of communications between a placer and filler in a clinical order management system and a purchase order management system are very similar.


This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oracle Health SciencesRedwood ShoresUSA
  2. 2.Georgia Tech Research InstituteAtlantaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Vipul Kashyap
    • 1
  1. 1.Director, Clinical ProgramsCIGNA HealthcareBloomfieldUSA