AMIA: Regenstrief pumps up its clinical decision support

'We're really just beginning to explore the possibilities of NLP'

Regenstrief Institute was a pioneer in clinical decision support, but its system was aging. Most noticeably, the interface in its famed "Gopher" computerized physician order entry system looked the same in 2010 as it did in 1984.

After two years of redesign, the venerable Indianapolis institution unveiled an update last year with more than just a modern look, Regenstrief researchers pointed out Monday at the annual American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) symposium.

The new Gopher features a graphical user interface that looks like a single, integrated system, but the complex display is generated from multiple layers and plug-ins, research scientist Jon Duke, MD, said. More importantly, it supports a new, multifaceted approach to clinical decision support, featuring order entry, research and results viewing capabilities.

"We recognized that improving quality of care was a priority," Duke explained. "We wanted to promote provider efficiency."

Duke and two Regenstrief colleagues touted five advances in clinical decision support the new Gopher provides over the original: