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Decision time for clinical decision support systems

O'Sullivan, D., Fraccaro, P., Carson, E. & Weller, P. (2014). Decision time for clinical decision support systems. Clinical Medicine, 14(4), pp. 338-341. doi: 10.7861/clinmedicine.14-4-338


Clinical decision support systems are interactive software systems designed to assist clinicians with decision making tasks, such as determining a diagnosis or recommending a treatment for a patient. Clinical decision support systems are a widely researched topic in the Computer Science community but their inner workings are less well understood by and known to clinicians. In this article we provide a brief explanation of clinical decision support systems and provide some examples of real world systems. We also describe some of the challenges to implementing these systems in clinical environments and posit some of the reasons for limited adoption of decision support systems in practice. We aim to engage clinicians in the development of decision support system that can meaningfully help with their decision making tasks and open up a discussion about the future of automated clinical decision support as a part of healthcare delivery.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Clinical Decision Support Systems, Adoption of Decision Making Tools in Clinical Practice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Mathematics
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