For every hospitalized patient, innumerable decisions must be made to ensure the highest quality of care. Computerized clinical decision support systems (CCDSSs) are a good option to help busy clinicians deliver optimal care. Frequently, we prioritize and make the most imminently critical decisions first and, with competing demands for our attention, may unintentionally overlook other, less pressing, decisions. One important decision that is frequently a lower priority is the prescription of prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism (VTE). We congratulate Borab and colleagues1 on describing in this issue of JAMA Surgery the effective marriage of technology and clinical practice to improve quality in their systematic review and meta-analysis of CCDSSs to improve prevention of VTE among surgical patients.
Lau BD, Haut ER. Computerized Clinical Decision Support Systems for Prevention of Venous ThromboembolismWhy Can’t My Electronic Health Record Be More Like Netflix, Amazon, Google, and Apple?. JAMA Surg. Published online March 15, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0107