Increasing reliance on clinical decision support tools.
Jaffee often begins his talks by citing the statistic that about 1,000 patients die each day in the US due to medical errors, errors which are the nation’s number three cause of death. “Having information where you need it when you need it will go a long way to addressing that,” he says. “Clinical decision support will become more and more critical in assessing that information.” Weiner also foresees clinical decision support tools becoming increasingly important although he acknowledges that they often annoy doctors due to what he calls the nag factor. “Doctors do not like the computer telling them what to do, yet the computer is often helping the doctors,” says Weiner “The computer has more information at hand than the doctor does so finding ways to work with clinical decision support systems will be increasingly important.”