The physician’s capacity is enormous: He is a physician, a therapist and a manager, all rolled into one. However, “human storage capacities” are limited. It is becoming more and more difficult to have all information available right when you need it. However, the physician needs a comprehensive overview of the patient’s history, especially for chronic patients. He has to know: Does the patient have additional illnesses? How did the values develop in the past? The exchange of information and the interaction, particularly between hospitals, general practitioners and specialists, is of the utmost importance in this regard.
Seeing the whole patient - making a confident and case-based decision
How does that work? Clinical Decision Support (CDS) links current scientific and practical medical knowledge, parameters from the medical file and your current entries. Here are three examples: (1) CDS informs you if your patient is a potential candidate for a preventive program. You decide whether you want to mention the program to your patient or if you are going to pursue a different treatment approach. (2) CDS automatically reports a potential interaction between medications. This enables you to react quickly and provide your patient with optimal care. (3) CDS supports you in the diagnosis of rare diseases.