Clinical Decision-Support Systems

Author: Charlene T. Dichosa34 :


The future of CDS systems inherently depends on progress in developing useful computer programs and in reducing logistical barriers to implementation. Although ubiquitous computerbased decision aids that routinely assist physicians in most aspects of clinical practice are currently the stuff of science fi ction, progress has been real and the potential remains inspiring. Early predictions about the effects that such innovations would have on medical education and practice have not yet come to pass (Schwartz 1970 ), but growing successes support an optimistic view of what technology will eventually do to assist practitioners with processing of complex data and knowledge. The research challenges have been identifi ed much more clearly, legislative mandates are creating not only new fi nancial incentives but also the practical substrate of increased EHR adoption and convergence toward data interoperability, and the implications for health-science education are much better understood. The basic computer literacy of health professional students can be generally assumed, but health-science educators now must teach the conceptual foundations of biomedical informatics if their graduates are to be prepared for the technologically sophisticated world that lies ahead