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Clinical Decision Support & PDAs

Posted Oct 30 2008 3:22pm

There has not been much discussion to date on CanadianEMR about the importance of Clinical Decision Support. One thing is perfectly clear. Physicians will use PDAs for drug information and decision support tools. See article exerpt below. However, how important is decision support in an EMR and how should the tools be made available to physicians in the process of using EMR? If you have some thoughts or use a decision support tool currently in your EMR, please click on the Comments link below and share your experiences and thoughts.

"In an independent survey of 300 physicians, commissioned exclusively for HMT by San Mateo, Calif.-based Epocrates Inc., respondent physicians indicated that they understand and like clinical decision support (DS) information technology—saying it makes them better, safer practitioners and that it improves overall patient safety—but electronic prescribing has a way to go before it reaches the mainstream. Of all 300 respondents who answered, a solid 80 percent said DS (Decision Support) software plays an extremely important or very important role in patient safety. No one thought it was unimportant, and only 4 percent thought it was just moderately important. Of the 176 physicians who said they do use DS technology, an impressive 97 percent (171 physicians) said they can and do practice safer medicine because of it—no surprise there. Many of these physicians, nearly 75 percent, run their software on PDAs, while just over one-quarter of them run it on their office desktop systems.

Nearly 100 percent of these doctors use their PDAs at least once per day, and nearly 60 percent use their PDAs more than 10 times each day. But what do they use their PDAs for?" To read more, click on the Link: Health Management Technology Online.

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