Algorithm-Based Treatment Decision Support

Algorithm-Based Treatment Decision Support Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Treatment algorithms, also referred to as practice guidelines, are a series of treatment steps, each of which is defined by the clinical response of the patient to the preceding step. Algorithms are often integrated into computerized clinical decision support systems in patient care settings.

The featured Innovations describe how two different hospitals are using algorithms to improve patient care. The first hospital uses an algorithm to guide test ordering to detect a life-threatening condition while the second hospital uses an algorithm to detect medical errors in trauma treatment.

The featured QualityTools present a range of algorithms that support decision-making in the prevention, treatment, and evaluation of various health conditions and diseases.

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