Clinical Assistant Software Can Ease Medication-Related Tasks in the Operating Room | Health, Medicine and Fitness
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FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) — According to a study published online May 16 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Karen C. Nanji, MD, MPH, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues compared the ease of use of prototype CDS software developed for use in the operating room with the current standard workflow of electronic health record medication administration and documentation. Forty participants were randomly assigned to perform seven simulation tasks in either the CDS group, which performed the tasks using the CDS, or the control group, which performed the tasks using the standard medication workflow with retrospective manual documentation (20 participants in each group).
The researchers found that the average total task time was lower for the CDS group than for the control group, with an average difference of 107.6 seconds. Fewer mouse clicks were used by the CDS group compared to the control group (mean difference, 29.6 clicks). Compared to the control group, the CDS group had fewer scanned pixels on the computer screen (mean difference, 49.8 thousand pixels).
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“These results suggest that perioperative CDS may improve clinician efficiency and quality of patient care, while providing clinicians with useful information, such as patient-specific weight, age, and renal dosage at the point of care. service,” the authors write.
Several authors disclosed financial ties to the health information technology industry.
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