Emergency Medicine Faculty Research on Pulmonary Embolism Dx Published in Health Tech & Informatics eBook


In collaboration with partners across the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Michael Pulia and Dr. Brian Patterson have published a research article in a series of eBooks focused on "Studies in Health Technology and Informatics." The article is published in Volume 265: Context Sensitive Health Informatics: Sustainability in Dynamic Ecosystems.

Estimates show that between 650,000 and 900,000 individuals are diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (PE) each year in the United States, 200,000 of which will be fatal. Designing and implementing clinical decision support (CDS) in health care has been challenging. Attempts have been made to design and implement CDS to support clinical procedures, but many of these CDSs have met user resistance. One possible explanation for the lack of acceptability can be the poor design of the CDS. In this study, the researchers describe the design of PE Dx, a CDS built to support the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) in the emergency department (ED) using human factors methods. Read further to learn how UW researchers plan to use CDS to support PE diagnosis in the ED...