Inaccessible information is useless information: addressing the knowledge gap

J Med Pract Manage. 2002 Jul-Aug;18(1):36-41.


The burdens of increasing information overload, time constraints, and the high human and financial costs of medical error, mean that doctors cannot practice high quality evidence-based medicine without the aid of decision support systems at the point of care. The physician's role is to formulate a management plan based on clinical judgment, the patient's unique circumstances and preferences, and the best available evidence. Clineguide is a clinical knowledge system that will integrate into the workflow to improve patient outcomes, reduce variability of care, and promote efficiency in the health care process. This article discusses some of the issues surrounding the provision of rapid, accurate, and accessible information to health care professionals.

MeSH terms

  • Decision Support Techniques*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Medical Informatics / trends*
  • Physician's Role*