A variety of existing perioperative informatics tools offer clinicians and researchers the opportunity to improve the delivery of care and clinical outcomes for patients undergoing cardiac and vascular surgery. Many of these tools can be used to improve the reliability of the care delivery process through the application of clinical decision support tools and/or quality improvement methodologies at a number of junctures. In this review, the authors will offer a concise overview of the existing perioperative informatics literature, with a focus on tools considered to be of utility in confronting the unique challenges inherent to cardiac and vascular surgery. The authors also highlight areas that they believe are of interest for future targeted inquiry.
Keywords: clinical decision support; database research anesthesiology; information management systems; perioperative informatics.
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