According to HealthIT.gov clinical decision support (CDS) provides clinicians, team members, patients or other individuals with person-specific information, filtered or presented at appropriate times, to advance health and health care.

CDS encompasses a wide range of tools to enhance decision-making in the clinical workflow process. These tools include electronic alerts and reminders for physicians and other clinicians; clinical guidelines and best practices; condition-specific order sets; focused patient data reports and summaries; documentation templates; diagnostic support; and relevant reference information and resources; and other tools.

Benefits of Clinical Decision Support 

  • Increase quality of care and improve outcomes
  • Decrease risk of errors and adverse events
  • Improve efficiency and patient satisfaction
  • Promote patient safety

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