Advanced Electronic Medical Record Viewers

The care of critically ill patients generates large quantities of data, which is mostly presented to clinicians through Mayo Clinic's electronic medical record. The current electronic medical record organizes and presents information in a way that can impact the ability of users to synthesize that data into meaningful information.

Vitaly Herasevich, M.D., Ph.D., and Brian W. Pickering, M.B., B.Ch., are validating and refining a new generation of electronic medical record viewers that display only pertinent, high-value information to clinicians.

In a test environment, the laboratory's beta version of the Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation (AWARE) viewer has demonstrated a reduction in cognitive loads, task-completion times and medical errors. This is an essential step on the road to reducing errors and improving patient-centered outcomes in intensive care units.