David Zieve, MD, MHA, medical director with Health Integrated comments on the importance of clinical decision support tools and how they can help to improve care in Managed Healthcare Executive.
CDS tools can help physicians manage the numerous obligations they face each day as patient volumes increase, says David Zieve, MD, MHA, medical director with Health Integrated. These tools can also help them manage more complex and sophisticated medications, quality initiatives, and compliance with regulations.
An electronic health record, for example, can be a great CDS tool for recommending a specific vaccination or screening test the patient may need based on up-to-date national guidelines, says Zieve.
According to Zieve, some examples of how EHRs might provide CDS include:
• Medication orders entered by physicians in the hospital are automatically checked by an order entry system for potential interactions with other drugs a patient may be taking, as well as signs of liver or kidney disease that may require a change in dosage.
• EHRs interpret the data about a patient within an EHR, such as age and past treatments or tests, and bring forth reminders to a physician during a patient visit. The EHR may recommend a specific vaccination or screening tests the patient may need-all based on up-to-date national guidelines.
• Based on clinical information a physician enters, an EHR may automatically send appropriate patient education material to a patient's email or patient portal.
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