Blog posts tagged with clinical decision support

  • 5 ways Allscripts will help fight opioid abuse in 2018

    Paul Black
    May 01, 2018

    The opioid crisis has taken a devastating toll, and we all have a part to play in responding to the epidemic. Here are five ways Allscripts plans to help clinicians combat the opioid crisis in 2018. Read more…

  • Opioid crisis:  A clinical and health IT perspective

    Dr. David Hurwitz
    April 19, 2018

    As a general internist, I have seen the devastating impact of the opioid crisis across the care continuum. Health IT can play an important role in several important touch points that can influence healthcare provider prescribing behavior.  Read more…

  • Fewer alerts reduce the amount of “think time” for clinicians

    Steven Shaha
    March 10, 2016

    Drug-drug interaction (DDI) alerts are supposed to help clinicians reduce risk of prescribing medications that may result in adverse drug events. The adverse events reflect medications that, when prescribed together, can cause bad events and outcomes for patients. But it is well proven that “alert fatigue” does harm, and in this case, negatively impacts any favorable intents or efficacy of avoiding DDIs. Alert fatigue, including for DDIs, happens because of the onerous number of alerts considered low-value by Read more…

  • Fewer alerts, higher response rates, safer patients

    Steven Shaha
    September 01, 2015

    Applications of electronic health record (EHR) technology and capabilities often do NOT consider the needs of pediatric settings. As healthcare clinicians know, pediatric patients are not just small adults. Children have unique and different needs and interventions than their adult counterparts, so that many adult-ready HIT solutions do not necessarily fit comfortably with pediatric patients or caregivers. One of our clients, a pediatric specialty hospital, had been successfully using the EHR with full computerized Read more…

  • 7 keys to success with clinical decision support

    Steven Shaha
    July 08, 2015

    I realize and admit I have biases. One bias is that I believe the principle reason for the healthcare IT industry is to optimize patient-clinician interactions to heal and keep people healthy. Another bias is that without solid financials and organizational performance, everyone ultimately loses. My third bias: I believe clinicians whom we trust with our very lives, and IT experts, are trained professionals and should be trusted to optimize electronic health records (EHRs) as a local team. Read more…

  • How to avoid “alert fatigue”

    Steven Shaha
    June 11, 2015

    Some of us remember the old days and the art of tuning a radio. We finely adjusted the dials as we approached channels to get a clear signal, filtering out all the static and noise. The classic case of optimizing the signal-to-noise ratio. The art of optimizing our signal-to-noise ratio is alive and well when it comes to electronic health record (EHR) alerts. It’s important that alerts are relevant and meaningful to clinicians, or we run the risk of too much Read more…

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