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Isr Med Assoc J. 2007 Nov;9(11):771-6.

Clinical decision support systems for addressing information needs of physicians.

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Department of Medicine, Carmel Medical Center, and Galil Center for Medical Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.


Clinicians routinely practice in a state of incomplete information--about the patient, and about medical knowledge pertaining to patients' care. Consequently, there is now growing interest in the use of CDSS to bring decision support to the point of care. CDSS can impact physician behavior in routine practice. Nonetheless, CDSSs are meant to support humans who are ultimately responsible for the clinical decisions, rather than replace them. Although the adoption of CDSS has proceeded at a slow pace, there is a widespread recognition that CDSSs are expected to play a crucial role in reducing medical errors and improving the quality and efficacy of health care. This will be facilitated by the gradual maturation of electronic health record systems and the emergence of standard terminologies and messaging standards for the exchange of clinical data.

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