Study: Clinical Decision Support Associated With Better Outcomes

Patients at hospitals using a clinical decision support system had reduced lengths of stay and mortality rates than those at hospitals without this technology, according to a study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Researchers studied the effects of the clinical decision support system UpToDate on patient outcomes in U.S. hospitals. They found a small but consistent difference in length of stay and risk-adjusted mortality rates between hospitals with the clinical decision support technology and those without it. In addition, hospitals with the technology had better quality performance on the Hospital Quality Alliance metrics.

The effects of the clinical decision support were most pronounced in smaller, non-teaching hospitals compared to larger, teaching hospitals.

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