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Published on : Apr 10, 2015

The key trend that seems to be shaping the healthcare industry in modern times is evidence-based services. Evidence-based healthcare compliments other hot areas such as personalized healthcare and multi-disciplinary healthcare services delivery model. The trends have influence of every segment of healthcare from medical devices to life sciences.

Evidence-based application of healthcare services is exhibited in various areas of clinical services. Of all the evidence-based application, electronic clinical decision support (CDS) solution constitutes the basis for the future. If CDS solutions are accessible to patients at ordering time Electronic Health Record (EMR), such solutions can help physicians decide for the suitable drug or test for the patient.

The CDS support function can be achieved by suggesting alternatives and examining the appropriateness of each of the alternatives. This also gives the chance to highlight the most recommended alternative that is based on peer reviews, guidelines for best practices, clinical protocols, and clinical studies.

In the advanced nations worldwide, it is already a practice to rely on e-prescribing systems for medication and treatment instead of hand written paper prescriptions. As a practice, prescribers also check for order validity for allergies, and the viability.

However, physicians have to use their own knowledge for imaging and what would work for the patient. As a consequence, the imaging services are way behind pharma services for guidelines that are related for evidence-based imaging for appropriate test to be prescribed. Hence, there is significant potential for knowledge, collaboration, and cross-transfer between the two areas for eCDS solutions.