Wojtek Michalowski, Full Professor at the Telfer School of Management, received a $100,000 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for his research entitled Design of Meta-DSS to Support the Decision-making Process: Supporting Activities on a Clinical Pathway in the Emergency Department.
In clinical decision-making there are many situations where a final outcome is a result of multiple intertwined tasks. Managing a patient in the Emergency Department (ED) comes to mind. In order to facilitate patient management and to follow evidence-based medicine, hospitals introduce clinical pathways as tools to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate care. These pathways are developed from clinical practices guidelines and they outline a sequence of temporal clinical evaluations and interventions. The purpose of the research is to develop a methodology for designing a meta-DSS that brings together different support requirements and capabilities so that entire decision-making process is supported.