EHR clinical decision support tools help health systems reduce costs, study finds 

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Health systems might experience financial gains by carrying out clinical choice support tools in their EHR systems, according to a current study released in the US National Library of Medicine.

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For the study, a team of researchers from New York City-based Mount Sinai School of Medicine and University of Potsdam in Germany analyzed a compilation of 27 studies on EHR-based CDS interventions.

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

While most of the research studies revealed that the CDS tools in the EHR helped to reduce costs, the researchers kept in mind that undiscovered breakdowns with the tools or order facilitators might result in unexpected brand-new expenses. Likewise, CDS systems typically present high upfront and upkeep expenses, so the researchers took a look at the research studies and discovered that four included economic evaluations that reported mixed financial outcome results.

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The researchers concluded that while a lot of studies presently do not account for relative cost-outcome metrics, the favorable financial effect of EHR-based CDS tools is still extremely appealing.

Of the 27 research studies examined, the scientists found that 22 research studies showed a positive financial effect after implementing CDS tools in the EHR. In general, the digital tools assisted to reduce expenses on unneeded laboratory testing, duplicate order entry and decreasing antibiotic prescriptions.