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Fewer alerts, higher response rates, safer patients

  • Steven Shaha, Ph.D., DBA
  • 09/01/2015

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 physician order entry (CPOE) for three years. As part of its ongoing emphasis on continuous improvements, the organization programmed and adapted the EHR to better manage dosing-related computations. Concurrently, the organization was focused on reducing alerts due to alert fatigue issues clinicians were experiencing. Would clinicians value computer-generated recommendations for dosing? The guiding imperative was simple:  Clinicians value and therefore act on owned, computer-generated recommendations for […]