Friday, April 20, 2012
With time always a factor in a health maintenance visit, and with so many preventive service guidelines to consider when educating our patients, what is the best way to make sure we identify those who screen positive for particular health risks so we can focus our discussion on those risks? Anand et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-2875) input some useful data regarding the use of a clinical decision support system (CDSS) that embeds clinical screening guidelines into a structured data intake format for families to complete in the waiting room, which then appears on a physician worksheet that can be addressed in the health maintenance visit. Use of such a system allows a clinician to quickly identify relevant areas for discussion and hopefully lead to better health outcomes. Login to this study and learn exactly how this system works and whether it makes sense to consider something similar for your own practice. Who would have imagined that when we look at our “computer screens”, “screen” means far more than just the image we are looking at, and it suggests a better way to render care to our patients through informatics!
Posted by Dr. Lewis R. First at 12:01 AM