This study includes four projects aimed to improve the quality and safety of pediatric care
through the implementation of four clinical decision support services in the electronic
health record (EHR). The four projects will measure the effect of each clinical decision
support feature including: weight-based dosing; smart forms for chronic conditions;
guideline reminders; and a results manager to track abnormal lab result follow-up.
Hypothesis: Implementation of the clinical decision support features will decrease
medication errors and adverse drug events, assist physicians in adhering to clinical
practice guidelines and protocols for certain chronic illnesses, improve physician follow-up
for abnormal lab results, and overall improve the safety and quality of pediatric clinical
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- Partners-affiliated pediatric practice providers utilizing Longitudinal Medical
Record (LMR), which is an electronic health record system. Also the parents of the
patients of the above noted pediatric providers.
- Non-Partners providers, or Partners providers who do not use LMR. Parents of patients
not seen by Partners-affiliated pediatric providers who use LMR.
Timothy G Ferris, MD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners Healthcare System Inc.