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Electronic Health Record Strategies Can Improve Care of Patients with Heart Failure

September 14, 2023
by Osman Moneer

Discoveries and Impact September 2023

Doctors frequently rely on the electronic health record (EHR) when caring for patients. Oftentimes, EHR systems will include clinical decision support tools that offer recommendations and reminders for physicians determining how to manage diagnosis or treatment plans.

A recent review published in Current Heart Failure Reports analyzes clinical trials to highlight EHR strategies that have been applied to the care of patients with heart failure. The team of Yale physicians and researchers was led by Cardiovascular Medicine Fellow Michael Fuery, MD, and supervised by Tariq Ahmad, MD, MPH. They found that some EHR nudges may lead to alert fatigue, which occurs when clinicians receive too many alerts and may potentially ignore important notifications.

The review highlights that specific and actionable recommendations, as opposed to simply providing doctors with more information about risk estimates, led to increased use of guideline-directed medical therapy.

To learn more, read the article: “Electronic Health Record Embedded Strategies for Improving Care of Patients With Heart Failure.”

Fuery MA, Kadhim B, Samsky MD, et al. Electronic Health Record Embedded Strategies for Improving Care of Patients With Heart Failure. Curr Heart Fail Rep. 2023;20(4):280-286. doi:10.1007/s11897-023-00614-0

Submitted by Julie Parry on September 14, 2023