Objectives: Only half of consultants' medical recommendations are implemented. We created a tool that lets referring providers review and implement electronic recommendations made by consultants, with the hypothesis that facilitation with our tool could improve implementation. Measurements: The tool was piloted among geriatrics consultants and hospitalists. Pre-post evaluation was done with control (before pilot; N = 20) and intervention (after pilot; N = 20) patients. Consultants wrote notes containing recommendations for all study patients, and entered electronic recommendations only for intervention patients. We analyzed all recommendations and surveyed hospitalists. Results: A total of 249 recommendations were made for intervention patients versus 192 for controls (p < 0.05). Of all recommendations about intervention patients, 78% were implemented, compared to 59% for controls (p = 0.01). Of the intervention recommendations, 77% were entered electronically using our tool; of these, 86% were implemented. All 24 survey respondents indicated that the system improved quality, saved time, and should be expanded. Conclusion: Consultant recommendations were implemented 30% more often when there was electronic facilitation of recommendations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association|
|State||Published - Mar 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Informatics