Computerizing healthcare is expected to be one of the powerful levers necessary for significant transformation in the quality and cost of delivering healthcare. The spur to transformation, the federal government has incentivized healthcare providers to implement electronic health records (EHRs) and improve outcomes by using this technology in a meaningful way. One of the many benefits of EHRs includes the ability to improve care at the point of delivery with a wide variety of tools collectively known as Clinical Decision Support (CDS).
Clinical Decision Support1 is a process for enhancing health-related decisions and actions with pertinent, organized clinical knowledge and patient information to improve health and healthcare delivery. Information recipients can include patients, clinicians and others involved in patient care delivery; information delivered can include general clinical knowledge and guidance, intelligently processed patient data, or a mixture of both; and information delivery formats can be drawn from a rich palette of options that includes data and order entry facilitators, filtered data displays, reference information, alerts, and others.
1 Improving outcomes with clinical decision support: an implementer’s guide. Second Edition. HIMSS. 2011 (in press).
This page is designed to orient clinicians and implementers to some basics of CDS in the form of CDS 101 and also contains information on more advanced CDS topics relevant to the rapidly changing landscape of healthcare technology. Propelled by both the need to improve healthcare and the EHR incentives provided by the federal government, the knowledge of how to apply CDS, the keys to success and how to overcome the barriers is advancing quickly. In addition to the CDS 101 content, the “Gray Tabs” on the side bar represent key topic areas which HIMSS will continue to populate and expand in sync with the evolving changes in CDS.
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