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Electronic health records could help identify which patients most need ICU resources

“A national shortage of critical care physicians and beds means difficult decisions for healthcare professionals: how to determine which of the sickest patients are most in need of access to the intensive care unit.
What if patients’ electronic health records could help a physician determine ICU admission by reliably calculating which patient had the highest risk of death?
Emerging health technologies – including reliable methods to rate the severity of a patient’s condition – may provide powerful tools to efficiently use scarce and costly health resources, says a team of University of Michigan Health System researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine.”

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EurekAlert!, 31 January 2013
Article (Chen 2013)

1 February 2013 | Categories: News | Country: United States | EHR: EHR, EHR USA | Tag(s): Critical Care, Intensive care unit
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