Appropriate treatment of pneumonia begins with accurate diagnosis. However, clinicians have difficulty integrating data for clinical decision making.1 Significant variability in pneumonia management exists in the emergency department (ED).2 Decision support might decrease variability and improve care, but physician utilization is historically low.3 An alerting tool is needed for physicians to utilize computer-based pneumonia decision support.
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Figure. Screen brought up after clinician clicks the “P” alert on the electronic tracking board. Estimated likelihood of pneumonia as well as relevant clinical features are presented to the clinician, who may agree or disagree with the diagnosis.
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