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Healthcare Analytics: Top 5 Benefits of Clinical Decision Support (CDS)

Posted Nov 30 2011 2:07pm

Clock4 Link: The Health Record Review by Dr. Robert Hitchcock

In Monday's EHR Watch news, Dr. Hitchcock presented five key reasons why CDS should be used in the hospital ED. Robert Hitchcock, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., is vice president and CMIO, T-System, Inc.

  1. Reduce the risk of medication errors. 
  2. Reduce misdiagnoses. 
  3. Provide the entire care team with consistent, reliable information.
  4. Improve efficiency and patient throughput. 
  5. Access all information in one place. 


QuotefirebrickWhile clinical decision support should not replace a provider’s knowledge, experience, intuition or judgment, it can complement the clinician’s skills and enhance the quality of care provided. The ED is an ideal setting for tools that help reduce the incidence of preventable medical errors and adverse events.

I am very supportive of the need for better information at the point of care. ED environments are fast paced and filled with opportunities for mistakes. Given the history of medical errors in the US, the need for better information, for the right patient, the right provider, at the right time and for the right reasons, effective use of Clinicial Decision Support Systems has strong potential to improve clinical decision making.

More information can be found at the link for this article.


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