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Practice-Oriented Implementation of medical guidelines

Practice-Oriented Implementation of medical guidelines
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Author(s): Claudia Reuter (Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISST), Germany), Guy Vollmer (Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISST), Germany)and Oliver Koch (Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISST), Germany)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch135
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378


Following a survey that we conducted to determine the information demands of physicians, it turned out, that medical guidelines are regarded as an important instrument of quality management. As many physicians lack adequate guideline knowledge, we developed a solution approach towards a process-oriented implementation of medical guidelines. We argument, that a successful implementation requires the embedding of guideline content directly into medical and clinical information systems. First, physicians would more likely consider guideline information if it’s part of the system, they are accustomed to working with. Second, data stored in information systems can be used to present guideline content according to the physicians’ needs. Third, the integration facilitates a guideline-compliant medical documentation. Therefore, we discuss several integration methods, that can be used alternatively or be combined to achieve a holistic solution.

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