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.
Reduce the risk of medication errors.
Provide the entire care team with consistent, reliable information.
Improve efficiency and patient throughput.
Access all information in one place.
While 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.
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