TheraDoc's Clinical Alerts Assistant evaluates patient condition to deliver timely alerts and reminders

Salt Lake City 23 February 2004TheraDoc Inc. introduced its newest decision-support software, the Clinical Alerts Assistant knowledge module, during the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition 2004. The software furthers TheraDoc's dedication to helping clinicians improve patient safety and the quality of care by increasing awareness of real and potential issues while supporting the decision-making process.

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The Clinical Alerts Assistant leverages TheraDoc's proven ability to integrate with multiple hospital information and ancillary systems and continually monitor the electronic medical record (EMR). TheraDoc's automated surveillance results in updated, relevant patient data, which the Clinical Alerts Assistant delivers to health care providers as "actionable" information supported by evidence-based knowledge in the form of intelligent alerts and reminders.

The consistent application of expert medical knowledge and institutional trends to existing and emerging patient information enhances a clinician's ability to properly treat patients and pro-actively address problems. The integrated software further saves time and supports the clinical decision-making process by enabling the efficient gathering of data for analysis, allowing clinicians to redirect their valuable time to other high-priority activities.

"With the Clinical Alerts Assistant, TheraDoc delivers a greater breadth of actionable clinical knowledge to caregivers facilitating the clinical decision-making process and enabling them to significantly change the health care experience and outcome for each patient", stated Stan Pestotnik, TheraDoc president and CEO.

TheraDoc's Web-based technology and knowledge solutions are vendor-neutral to enable integration with a variety of hospital information and ancillary systems. Leveraging the information contained within ADT (Admission/Discharge/Transfer), laboratory and pharmacy systems, the Clinical Alerts Assistant intelligently alerts clinicians to early warning signs of relevant changes in a patient's condition, enabling earlier intervention and providing the information caregivers need to respond.

Clinicians can easily configure the Clinical Alerts Assistant to meet their individual needs and preferences through a personalized subscription process. They can select the alerts and reminders pertinent to their medical discipline, the point in the care process they want to receive them, the manner in which they are received, real-time or on-demand, and the device on which they receive them.

The following are examples of additional options for configuration:

  • Delivering critical alerts only after someone else has documented them.
  • Alerting if two hours have passed and no clinical intervention has been documented.
  • Retracting alerts if another clinician has responded.
  • Suppressing alerts that would be inconsequential, based on a patient's known condition, for example, a diabetic's condition may trigger on critical Creatinine clearance levels.

Clinical Alerts Assistant, like TheraDoc's other knowledge solutions, is designed to reduce the annoyance caused by the "noise" and nuisance alerts often associated with many alerting systems on the market today. The Clinical Alerts Assistant features TheraDoc's innovative ability to appropriately adjust its alerting based on the clinician's "need to know", level of experience and speciality, as well as hospital guidelines.

Mobile by definition, clinicians are constantly providing patient care, consulting colleagues, teaching students and researching. The pace of medical practice is accelerating, calling for solutions that can be delivered on a multitude of mobile platforms. TheraDoc knowledge solutions can deliver real-time alerts to secure wireless handheld devices or tablet PCs. Access to patient information is also provided via a secure VPN connection from remote Internet locations, enabling clinicians to respond to critical clinical situations from virtually anywhere.

TheraDoc's integrated expert systems are providing significantly improved patient safety and quality of care as well as reduced costs at prominent medical institutions across the country. Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital recently added the Clinical Alerts Assistant to its suite of TheraDoc decision-support knowledge modules.

TheraDoc is a medical informatics company specializing in therapeutic, real-time decision support that improves the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care in large and small health care organisations. Integrated with disparate legacy systems or electronic medical records, TheraDoc's technology helps clinicians manage multiple processes of care across multiple conditions and diseases.

Founded in 1999, TheraDoc designs, develops, and supports a suite of clinical decision support technologies. TheraDoc's founders and core medical informatics team are internationally recognized for their pioneering work in medical expert systems. Their experience in clinical decision support design and development spans two decades.


Leslie Versweyveld

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