EHRs in NICUs could be refined to provide most relevant info

Electronic health records in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) could be modified to synthesize the vast amounts of data available to assist in clinical-decision making and offer variations based on clinician role, according to a new study in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.

The researchers, from the Mayo Clinic, conducted a survey of NICU providers to assess what clinical information was most important in order to create better human/computer interface, since otherwise there is a risk of information overload. 

They found that certain types of information--such as weight--were more relevant than others, and that their importance differed based on the clinician's role; for instance, attending physicians rated the importance of certain types of information differently from neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal fellows or pediatric residents. Study