via Kevin MD, a decent article from The St. Louis Dispatch on evidence based medicine, medical literature, and the information technology to bring it all into the examination room to benefit doctor and patient.
When Dr. Charles Willey walks into treatment rooms, his laptop computer is as prominent as his stethoscope. After his examination and his diagnosis, he types information into the laptop. If the patient wants to watch, that’s OK.
The computer screen kicks back a list of the latest studies and information about the diagnosis he’s made – treatments, changes in treatments and the list of medicines that are available to treat the condition.
After he and the patient agree on treatments and medicines, he can hit a button to print out prescriptions or fax the information to a pharmacy.
I get happy-geeky goosebumps at stuff like this. If they’re easy to use, time-saving, and if they enhance the quality of patient care, clinicians will use EBM information tools.