New tool accelerates diabetes diagnosis

Even the number of mouse clicks required to find information was reduced from 60 to three, saving time besides showing what kind of lab tests were needed.

Physicians using the dashboard correctly identified the required data hundred percent of the time, compared with 94 percent using traditional electronic records, according to researchers who developed the tool, the journal Annals of Family Medicine reported.
"Diabetes care is complex because there are so many other health conditions tied with the condition that requires coordination," said Richelle Koopman, researcher at Missouri's American School of Medicine.

"Doctors can see, at a glance, everything that might affect their decision. This makes their minds lighter and helps them make better decisions about patients' care," he said.
"Doctors are going to spend 15 minutes with each patient, but instead of using a large portion of that time to search through charts for information, they can have interactive conversations with patients about lifestyle and diet changes that are important for diabetes care," Koopman added.

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