Gail Javitt Cited in “Decision Support Systems May Improve Quality of Patient Surgical Care”

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Gail H. Javitt, Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Washington, DC, office, was cited in the American Society of Anesthesiologists, in “Decision Support Systems May Improve Quality of Patient Surgical Care.”

Following is an excerpt:

Physician anesthesiologists are constantly striving to improve the quality of surgical care and postoperative outcomes for patients.  Integrating the various sources of patient medical data they are faced with during surgery into a single dashboard view to help guide decisions during anesthesia may be one way to improve intraoperative care.  New research published in the February issue of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), illustrates how physician anesthesiologists are investigating the challenges and opportunities of integrating patient data, to aid clinicians in patient management, through clinical decision support technologies. ...

In a second editorial, Gail H. Javitt, J.D., M.P.H., a member of the Health Care and Life Sciences practice in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Epstein Becker Green, wrote “These technologies encompass a wide range of clinical settings and in the foreseeable future may extend to virtually every facet of clinical care.” She noted there is limited data currently available on how clinical decision support systems affect patient postoperative outcomes. The editorial focused on the regulatory landscape for clinical decision support systems, emphasizing the current and potential future role of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).