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Clinical decision support tools

A working definition has been proposed by Robert Hayward of the Centre for Health Evidence: "Clinical decision support systems link health observations with health knowledge to influence health choices by clinicians for improved health care." In other words, they provide the information you need at the point of care to make diagnostic or treatment decisions.

The following are available at ECHN:

  • Dynamed
    Point-of-care clinical reference tool containing organized summaries for > 3,200 topics. Each includes general information, causes & risk factors, complications, workup, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, prevention & screening, QI, guidelines, patient information, ICD-9/ICD-10 codes and references. Updated daily, based on a review of articles from ~500 medical journals.

  • DXplain
    Diagnostic decision support tool. Users may input symptoms, conditions, or test values, and a list of  diagnoses will be suggested for consideration. The evidence supporting each suggested diagnosis is given. Very useful when you are faced with a diagnostic dilemma.

  • Lexicomp
    Drug information, including dosages, uses, guidelines, prescribing in pregnancy, adverse effects, warnings, interactions, pharmacology and patient information.

  • Up to Date
    ECHN does not subscribe to Up to Date, but medical students and residents currently enrolled in ECHN's program may access it through the University of New England. If you have UNE library access, but are not sure how to connect to the resources, contact the ECHN Library staff for help.

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