Medical Electronic Alerts

Medical Electronic Alerts Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Medical electronic alerts are being integrated into clinical decision support systems, electronic health records (EHRs), and electronic prescribing to improve patient safety and quality of care. Clinicians receive alerts or reminders at the point of care to take specific actions such as ordering a test or confirming the patient is not at risk for a drug-drug interaction. However, as one program discovered, it is important to be selective about the number and type of electronic alerts to have a positive impact on physician behavior.

The featured Innovations describe three programs that use electronic alerts or reminders along with clinical guidelines or other best practices to improve patient care and physician performance.

The featured QualityTools provide standard approaches to improve the usability of EHRs and frequently asked questions about clinical decision support systems.

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