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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318241555d
Practice Brief Report

Impact of Integrating Public Health Clinical Decision Support Alerts Into Electronic Health Records on Testing for Gastrointestinal Illness

Wu, Winfred Y. MD, MPH; Hripcsak, George MD, MS; Lurio, Joseph MD; Pichardo, Michelle MPH; Berg, Rachel BA; Buck, Michael D. PhD; Morrison, Frances P. MD, MPH, MA; Kitson, Kwame MD; Calman, Neil MD; Mostashari, Farzad MD, ScM

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Abstract

Laboratory testing by clinicians is essential to outbreak investigations. Electronic health records may increase testing through clinical decision support that alerts providers about existing outbreaks and facilitates laboratory ordering. The impact on laboratory testing was evaluated for foodborne disease outbreaks between 2006 and 2009. After controlling for standard public health messaging and season, decision support resulted in a significant increase in laboratory testing and may be useful in enhancing public health messaging and provider action.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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