Software saves GPs from guideline overload

A decision support tool embedded in practice software can help GPs who are overwhelmed by guidelines on how best to manage cardiovascular risk in their patients, Australian research has shown.

GPs increased their screening and treatment of cardiovascular risk factors when they had decision support embedded into Medical Director or Best Practice software, a study carried out in 60 GP practices found.

In a review of management of more than 10,000 patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease, practices using the decision support tool increased screening for risk factors such as smoking, lipids and BP by 10% (63% vs 53