Challenges involved in establishing a web-based clinical decision support tool in community health centers
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Implementation lessons: Establishing a shared 'hub-and-spoke,' web-based clinical decision support system (CDSS) in an EHR shared by >600 community health centers incurred a myriad of challenges, which are summarized here to guide others seeking to use similar CDSS. Legal and compliance challenges involved ensuring secure data exchanges, determining which entity maintains data records, and deciding which data are sent to the CDSS. Technical challenges involved using lab data from multiple sources and improving the CDSS' cache routine performance in its new setting. Clinical implementation challenges involved identifying optimal strategies for generating data on CDSS use rates, modifying the CDSS functionality for obtaining clinician/staff feedback, and customizing the risk thresholds that trigger the CDSS for the new setting.
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