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Clinical Decision Support Systems

  • A clinical decision support system (CDSS) is an application that analyzes data to help healthcare providers make clinical decisions.
  • “Clinical decision support systems are point-of-order decision aids, usually through computer order entry systems, that provide real-time feedback to providers ordering imaging tests, including information on test appropriateness for specific indications” [Blackmore, 2011].
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems are “active knowledge systems which use two or more items of patient data to generate case-specific advice”  [Wyatt J, Spiegelhalter D, 1991].
  • “Computerized clinical decision support systems are information technology-based systems designed to improve clinical decision-making” [Hayness, R., 2010]
  • CDSSs typically integrate a medical knowledge base, patient data and an inference engine to generate case specific advice.
  • In the US. health care providers must implement CDSS before 2015 or …
  • Computerized provider order entry (CPOE) systems allow clinicians to electronically enter medication orders. These systems can reduce medication-related errors because they eliminate the need to decipher handwriting, improve communication between providers, and standardize care. When a clinical decision support system (CDSS) is added to a CPOE, it provides the added value of integrating a medical knowledge base, patient data, and an inference engine to generate drug alerts on the case at hand.

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March 27th, 2012 at 2:41 pm