Commentary on “Impact of Consultation on Hospital Outcomes and Resource Utilization for Patients with Acute Congestive Heart Failure”

The rising cost of health care has been a problem in the United States for decades. As our population ages, healthcare costs continue to rise, becoming increasingly burdensome for...

Impact of Consultation on Hospital Outcomes and Resource Utilization for Patients with Acute Congestive Heart Failure

Objectives: Consultation is an important tool for acquiring subspecialty support when managing patients with acute congestive heart failure (CHF). The effect of consultation on hospital outcomes and resource utilization in CHF is unknown. The objectives of our study were to determine the effect of consultation on outcomes in CHF and to evaluate...

Can Computers Be Made to Respect the Art of Medicine?

To the Editor: One of the common criticisms of the application of automated medical decision pathways is that although they may yield the correct answer in the case of straightforward clinical presentations, they fail to capture the nuances of more complex scenarios in which human clinical judgment and the art of medicine become more...

Dissemination Approaches to Participating Primary Care Providers in a Quality Improvement Program Addressing Opioid Use in Central Appalachia

Objectives: Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) have been described as new clinical laboratories for primary care research and dissemination. PBRNs, however, have struggled to disseminate research results in a meaningful way to participating providers and clinics. Methods: The Central Appalachia Inter-Professional Pain Education...

Physician Order Entry Clerical Support Improves Physician Satisfaction and Productivity

Objectives: To examine the impact of clerical support personnel for physician order entry on physician satisfaction, productivity, timeliness with electronic health record (EHR) documentation, and physician attitudes. Methods: All seven part-time physicians at an academic general internal medicine practice were included in this...