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September/October 2011 Annals of Family Medicine Tip Sheet
Date:9/12/2011

tiveness and safety of alternative healing options, as well as current and reliable information on practitioners and resources in their communities to whom they could confidently refer their patients. The authors call for further research to clarify the safety, clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of specific healing options and of the integration of various packages of such options into primary care.

Patient and Clinician Openness to Including a Broader Range of Healing Options in Primary Care
By Clarissa Hsu, Ph.D., et al
Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, Wash.


Customized Dashboard Improves Physician Efficiency and Accuracy in Accessing Data Needed to Care for Diabetic Patients

Electronic health records systems with a "diabetes dashboard" summarizing information physicians need to care for diabetes patients greatly improves the efficiency and accuracy of finding chart data. Comparing the use of a new diabetes dashboard screen with use of a conventional approach of viewing multiple electronic health record screens to find 10 data elements needed for ambulatory diabetes care, researchers found the mean time needed to find all elements using the diabetes dashboard was 1. 3 minutes vs. 5. 5 minutes using the conventional approach. The 10 physicians participating in the study correctly identified 100 percent of the data requested when using the dashboard vs. 94 percent when using the conventional method. Moreover, the average number of mouse clicks was three with the diabetes dashboard vs. 60 using conventional searching. The authors conclude that although tools like the dashboard studied in this article require a large commitment of resources and money to design and develop, they could translate to a substantial cost benefit when one considers the physician time saved, unnecessary tests avoided, and medical errors prevented.

A Diabetes Dashboard and Physician Efficiency and Accuracy in Accessing
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