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Yale has developed a pop-up system to improve medical care

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – “Computer” pop-ups developed at Yale are improving medical care for patients. Findings from a new story show that pop-up alerts embedded in the electronic health records of some heart failure patients have enabled doctors to prescribe more medications within guidelines.

Alerts have been proven to reduce the risk of death in heart failure patients. 100 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants participated in the Yale study. It showed that a simple, low-cost alert in electronic health records (EHRs) led to about a 38% increase in the use of guideline-directed care for patients whose hearts are not pumping blood to the body as well as normal.

Providers see the alerts as soon as they access the medication order entry screen. Dr. Ahmad presented the study at the American College of Cardiology’s 71st Annual Scientific Session. They were simultaneously published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

“The alert would go off and say, hey, did you notice this patient might be missing this medication. You might want to consider adding it and it was successful in getting them to add it,” said Dr. F. Perry Wilson and Dir. From the Yale Clinical and Transitional Research Accelerator.

Dr. Ahmad presented the study at the American College of Cardiology’s 71st Annual Scientific Session. The study results were simultaneously published in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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