Saturday, November 18, 2006

Create Custom Preventive Care Reports During Patients’ Office Visits

Create Custom Preventive Care Reports During Patients’ Office Visits: "The new Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS), which works with a personal digital assistant or desktop computer, allows physicians to access the latest recommendations from the AHRQ-sponsored U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. AHRQ is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for use at the point of care, the ePSS contains 110 recommendations for specific populations covering 59 preventive services topics. You input a patient’s age, gender, and selected behavioral risk factors — such as whether the patient is a smoker — in the appropriate fields. The software then cross-references these patient characteristics with the applicable AHRQ task force recommendations and generates a report tailored for that patient.

The report has information on screening tests ranging from mammograms to ultrasounds for detecting abdominal aortic aneurysms, as well as counseling topics and preventive medicine.

You can download the ePSS for free."

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - and this tool will help doctors to "prescribe prevention" !

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