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Electronic health records to coordinate decision making for complex patients: what can we learn from wiki?

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Title:
Electronic health records to coordinate decision making for complex patients: what can we learn from wiki?
Authors:
Naik AD, Singh H
Journal:
Med Decis Making
Publication date:
2010
Volume:
30
Issue:
6
First page:
722
Last page:
31
ISSN:
1552-681X
Link to pubmed:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21183759
Publication type:
Journal
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BACKGROUND: Processes of communication that guide decision making among clinicians collaboratively caring for complex patients are poorly understood and vary based on local contexts. In this paper, the authors characterize these processes and propose a wiki-style communication model to improve coordination of decision making among clinicians using an integrated electronic health record (EHR).

METHODS: A narrative review of current patterns of communication among clinicians sharing medical decisions focusing on the emerging and potential roles of EHRs to enhance communication among clinicians caring for complex patients.

RESULTS: The authors present the taxonomy of decision making and communication among clinicians caring for complex patients. They then adapt wiki-style communication to propose a novel model of communication among clinicians for decision making within multidisciplinary disease management programs. Future innovations using wiki-style communication among clinicians are also described and placed in the context of medical decisions by clinicians working together in disease management programs.

CONCLUSIONS: EHR-based wiki-style applications may have the potential to improve communication and care coordination among clinicians caring for complex patients. This could lead to improved quality and safety within multidisciplinary disease management programs.

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Electronic health records to coordinate decision making for complex patients: what can we learn from wiki? Naik AD, Singh H. Med Decis Making 2010; 30(6):722-31.

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