Clinical Decision Support Systems: Impacting the Future of Clinical Decision Making

  • Eta S. Berner
  • Tonya La Lande
Part of the Health Informatics Series book series (HI)

Abstract

With the increased focus on the prevention of medical errors that has occurred since the publication of the landmark Institute of Medicine report, To Err Is Human, computer-based physician order entry (CPOE) systems have been proposed as a key element of systems approaches to improving patient safety [1–4]. While CPOE systems alone can eliminate several types of errors, their major impact will be when they are linked to clinical decision support systems. Clinical decision support systems (CDSS) are computer systems designed to influence clinician decision making about individual patients when these decisions are made. If used properly, they have the potential to change the way medicine has been taught and practiced. This chapter will illustrate several types of CDSS, summarize current data on the use and effect of CDSS in practice, and will provide guidelines for users to consider as these systems begin to be incorporated in commercial systems and implemented outside the research and development settings.

Keywords

Decision Support System Clinical Decision Support System Computerize Physician Order Entry Healthcare Inform Proc Amia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eta S. Berner
    • 1
  • Tonya La Lande
    • 1
  1. 1.Health Informatics in the Department of Health Services Administration University of AlabamaBirminghamUK

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