Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Improving Clinical Decision Support #HIMSS12

This afternoon,  I attended a round table discussion session around the use of clinical decision support (CDS) to improve clinical outcomes.  It was great to hear from the attendees and get a rich discussion from physicians who work in a variety of different settings. 

What are the success factors for improving clinical outcomes?
How do you overcome the greatest challenges?
What are some potential unintended consequences?
How do you integrate CDS with Quality Improvement?
How do you navigate the politics within your organization?
How do you avoid alert fatigue?

Here are some of the tips that were shared by the physician attendees:

Make sure to work with your clinical team.  Engage them as colleagues.
Be more aggressive with your interventions.
Develop project plans.
Build a framework that includes accountability.
Understand the politics and priorities within your organization.
Use Lean and Six Sigma methodologies.
Translate clinical value into dollars. Use numbers to show the cost savings.
Look at your reports on a regular basis.
Work together with your PI and QI departments.

Make sure to get this updated book from the HIMSS bookstore :

Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer's Guide, Second Edition

By Jerome A. Osheroff, MD, FACP, FACMI, Jonathan M. Teich, MD, PhD, FACMI, FHIMSS, Donald Levick, MD, MBA, FHIMSS, Luis Saldana, MD, MBA, FACEP, Ferdinand T. Velasco, MD, Dean F. Sittig, PhD, FACMI, FHIMSS, Kendall M. Rogers, MD, CPE, FACP, SFHM, and Robert A. Jenders, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI

Practical Pearls for Improving Outcomes with CDS: A Roundtable Discussion

Jerome A. Osheroff, MD, FACP, FACMI

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