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Advancing clinical Decision support: Key lessons in clinical decision support implementation. Technical report

Citation

Byrne, C., Sherry, D., Mercincavage, L., Johnston, D., Pan, E., & Schiff, G. (2012). Advancing clinical Decision support: Key lessons in clinical decision support implementation. Technical report. (Prepared for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Contract #HHSP23320095649WC). Rockville, MD: Insight - Westat Center for Health Information Technology.

Abstract

According to the Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Roadmap project, CDS is “providing clinicians, patients, or individuals with knowledge and person-specific or population information, intelligently filtered or present at appropriate times, to foster better health processes, better individual patient care, and better population health.” (1) As noted in the Task Order for this project (HHSP23337009T), CDS brings to daily practice the vast and expanding potential of modern clinical knowledge. CDS builds upon the foundation of an electronic health record (EHR) to provide health professionals and patients with general and person-specific information, intelligently filtered and organized, at appropriate times, to enhance health and health care. As its name implies, the purpose of CDS is to maximize the probability that clinical decisions are evidence-based and customized to the individual patient and specific clinical situation. CDS includes, but is not limited to, computerized alerts and reminders to care providers and patients, methods to bring care into compliance with clinical guidelines/protocols, condition and treatment-focused order sets, patient data reports and summaries, documentation templates, advice to promote more accurate and timely diagnoses, contextually relevant reference information, and other tools that enhance decisionmaking in clinical workflow...