Substantial work lies ahead to convert the American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures guidelines into computerized prompts for physicians, find researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute.

Currently, Bright Futures--a multitude of health supervision recommendations for children from birth through 21 years of age--is not organized to easily translate into computerized prompts, according to a new study published in Applied Clinical Informatics. Recommendations are listed according to what should happen at each visit, which assumes the child will be seen for health supervision at each age and that previous visits have been completed. However, children may miss or have delayed visits to their physician.

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