Clinical Decision Support Tools
Clinical Decision Support Tools Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Clinical decisionmaking has become increasingly complex. Health care professionals are turning to decision support tools defined broadly as clinical systems, applications, or processes to optimize clinical decisionmaking at the point of care. These tools range from computerized alerts and reminders, clinical guidelines, and order sets to documentation templates, diagnostic support, and patient data reports.
The featured Innovations describe three different programs that have used clinical decision support tools to improve the quality of patient care.
The featured QualityTools provide health care professionals with a range of practical clinical decision support tools.
- Pathology Team Provides Patient-Specific Interpretations of Test Results, Reducing Ordering Errors and Speeding Up Diagnostic Process
- Providing Real-Time Information and Documentation Capabilities at Point of Care Reduces Documentation Time and Generates Positive Patient Feedback
- Electronic Referrals and Communications Reduce Wait Times for Specialty Appointments and Improve Clinician Communication and Quality of Care
Also in This Issue:
- Automated Clinician Prompts and Referrals Facilitate Access to Counseling Services, Leading to Positive Behavior Changes Among Patients
- Community-Wide Education, Trained Facilitators, and Improved Processes Lead to More Advance Care Planning, Consistency Between Plans and End-of-Life Decisions, and Low Care Costs
- Revamped Processes Eliminate Adverse Events and Near Misses in Hospital Endoscopy Department
- Medicaid Managed Care Plan Provides Reports, Guidelines, and Education Materials to Physicians, Reducing Inappropriate Prescribing of Antibiotics to Children and Adolescents