Dr. Stephen Jackson argues that clinical decision support technology could provide vital information to help reduce errors and efficiency across the NHS.
Even the most experienced consultant will come across new cases and symptoms that they have not seen before. Dr. Stephen Jackson argues that clinical decision support technology could provide vital information to help reduce errors and boost efficiency across the NHS.
As CMO at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL), I am evangelical about the technology we have available to our clinical staff, including Clinical Decision Support (CDS), which is growing in use at NHS hospitals around the country. The evidence I see daily is that this extra support for clinicians benefits Trusts by improving safety, making our work more efficient, delivering better value, and boosting patient safety.
The best CDS tools can deliver evidencebased insights into thousands of health topics, including new research, latest guidelines, and position statements. I am an advocate for using CDS resources at the point-of-care, via a smartphone or tablet, to provide accurate information to the clinician, exactly when and where it’s needed. Easy access to authoritative clinical information can boost consistent decision-making, standardised care and improved outcomes, especially when the CDS tool is integrated into the Electronic Health Record (EHR), which is increasingly common.
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