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Date:3/6/2009

The study, entitled "Using Computerized Provider Order Entry and Clinical Decision Support to Improve Referring Physicians' Implementation of Consultants' Medical Recommendations," earned Dr. Were the American Medical Informatics Association's 2008 prize for Best Student Paper and is published in the March/April 2009 issue of Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Dr. Were developed the physician support tool during his fellowship in medical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute under the mentorship of Michael Weiner, M.D., IU School of Medicine associate professor of medicine and a Regenstrief Institute research scientist.

"Although medical specialists provide critical advice about diagnosis and treatment, up to half of their recommendations are not implemented," said Dr. Weiner. "This work, based at Wishard Health Services, showed that electronic facilitation of consultants' recommendations is not only valued by physicians but can markedly improve the chance that the recommendations will be followed."

According to Dr. Were and Dr. Weiner, use of the new clinical support tool may save health-care dollars by decreasing delays in care, improving patient safety, and prioritizing specialty treatment. The next step is to see how big a difference implementation of the system makes in patients' outcomes, duration of hospitalization and costs of care.


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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
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317-274-7722
Indiana University
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