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Am J Med Qual. 2014 Jul-Aug;29(4):300-7. doi: 10.1177/1062860613509265. Epub 2013 Nov 18.

Decline in ACEI/ARB Prescribing as Heart Failure Core Metrics Improve During Computer-Based Clinical Decision Support.

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  • 1Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • 2Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.


Computer-based clinical decision-support systems are effective interventions to improve compliance with guidelines and quality measures. However, understanding of their long-term impact, including unintended consequences, is limited. The authors assessed the clinical impact of the sequential implementation of 2 such systems to improve the use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers (ACEIs/ARBs) in inpatients with heart failure. Compliance with the core measure improved from 91.0% at baseline to 93.6% with the Pharmacy Care (P-Care) Rule and to 96.4% with the Centricity-Blaze (CE-Blaze) Rule. At the same time, prescriptions for ACEIs/ARBs documented in the hospital discharge summary decreased from 83.2% at baseline to 75.8% with the P-Care rule and to 64.1% with the CE-Blaze Rule. The inpatient mortality rate and the 30-day readmission rate did not change significantly. Better documentation of contraindications in the electronic medical record seems to account for the core measure improvement, even as ACEI/ARB therapy has unexpectedly declined.

© 2013 by the American College of Medical Quality.


core measures; decision support; heart failure; quality

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