Clinical decision support tools help doctors provide better care
We developed a clinical decision support (CDS) system that clinicians use to help identify health care priorities so they can discuss evidence-based treatment options with patients.
We are pioneers in developing, implementing and evaluating CDS that is integrated with the electronic health record and used to support patient care. We develop and maintain clinical algorithms that identify health risks and multiple medical conditions and give treatment suggestions and reminders for patients and clinicians to consider. The algorithms are maintained within a web service and are quickly updated as new evidence emerges and clinical guidelines change. The CDS system provides up-to-date, actionable health information to clinicians and patients as a foundation for personalized and patient-centered medicine.
We have received more than $30 million in federal research awards since 2004 for the development of CDS related to diabetes, heart disease risk reduction, prediabetes, serious mental illness, opioid use disorder, cancer prevention, high blood pressure in teens and tobacco use in dental patients.
The purpose of clinical decision support projects is to:
- Identify and target patients with high-risk conditions
- Prioritize risk factors based on potential benefits to the individual
- Help patients and clinicians make more informed decisions
- Quickly move new evidence and guidelines into practice
- Improve outcomes for people with chronic conditions
- Show value and cost-effectiveness
- Improve clinician efficiency and the patient experience
Learn about our Center for Chronic Care Innovation.
Reducing Clinical Inertia in Diabetes Care
We developed and implemented a diabetes CDS tool through a clinic-randomized trial. It showed improved glucose and blood pressure control for patients.