Health care providers often have a hard time keeping up with the latest medical findings and recommendations. Electronic clinical decision support (CDS) systems can bring together information about evidence-based practices and each patient’s history, values, and preferences to guide decisionmaking at the point of care. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded two demonstration projects to test approaches to developing and using CDS to improve the quality of care.
- Westat supported AHRQ and the demonstration projects, housed at Yale University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, by
- Organizing a technical expert panel
- Synthesizing the projects’ cumulative experiences and lessons learned in a comprehensive report, AHRQ’s Clinical Decision Support Demonstration Projects (PDF Format).
- Disseminating information about the projects’ progress and findings
- Producing GLIDES: From Guidelines to Decision Support, an award-winning video, that tells the story of a team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that used CDS to ensure that babies received an important vaccination
- The initiative yielded important insights about how to translate clinical guidelines and knowledge into electronic formats and how to implement CDS in real-world clinical settings. It also highlighted a range of important research questions still to be answered.