What provides the smarts behind an advanced implementation of electronic health records? Clinical decision support systems. It may be time to revisit your CDS vendor options.
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Autonomy Health, which has roots at Cambridge University in the U.K. and now is a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard, approaches clinical decision support from the diagnosis side, rather than the more common strategy of applying clinical knowledge to treatment or medication decisions.
Autonomy's year-old CDS product, Auminence, relies on a platform called "Meaning Based Healthcare" to analyze patient history, presenting symptoms, and physician knowledge. The system looks for patterns in the data to produce a checklist, with statistical probabilities, for physicians to go through while making a differential diagnosis. Results are displayed in a dashboard view.
Interestingly, Autonomy brought in Dr. Joseph Britto, formerly of another diagnostic decision support company, Isabel Healthcare, as head of medical technologies to lead the 2010 launch of Auminence. (Britto has since become an independent consultant in clinical informatics.)