ACP Launches Clinical Support Tool for Internal Medicine Docs

Decision support tool contains 500 modules and includes evidence-based recommendations, updates

THURSDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A web-based clinical decision support tool has been developed specifically for internal medicine physicians, according to a report published by the American College of Physicians (ACP).

ACP Smart Medicine, which is free to ACP members and can be purchased by non-members, contains 500 modules that provide guidance and information on a wide range of conditions and diseases. It is integrated with content from the Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP JournalWise, and ACP clinical practice guidelines, and can be used on desktops, smartphones, and tablets. ACP Smart Medicine provides evidence-based recommendations, rated according to the quality of underlying evidence.

Additional features of ACP Smart Medicine include concise, evidence-based recommendations, organized into accessible point-of-care categories; semantically tagged contents; differential diagnosis tables; relevant drug information presented in comparative tables; updates with new, relevant information or guidelines; categorization of clinical content; and content hierarchy to allow access to the desired information.

"ACP Smart Medicine offers physicians high-quality, easy-to-access clinical information that is rigorously peer-reviewed and continually assessed for currency and accuracy," Steven Weinberger, M.D., ACP's executive vice president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. "It is a versatile tool that runs the gamut from providing evidence-based guidance to facilitating continuing medical education credit, and is the only clinical decision support tool developed by a physician medical society."

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