When properly implemented, clinical decision support, or CDS, can be one of the most critical tools in enhancing decision-making in the clinical workflow. CDS can increase the efficiency of care, reduce errors and improve overall outcomes. As a sophisticated health IT tool, it can simplify complex electronic health record (EHR) systems.
CDS was especially impactful in the 2014 outbreak of the Ebola virus in the United States, when a more modular implementation of CDS enabled clinicians to adapt its use by allowing them to modify its application. More recently, it has been pivotal in the fight against Zika, where experts were able to develop a workflow that helped improve care for patients who were at risk of the virus. By allowing for similar adaptations, CDS is a powerful tool in combating the infectious diseases of tomorrow.
On this episode of The Cerner Podcast, we are joined by clinical decision support experts Dwayne Hoelscher, a clinical informatics analyst at UMC Health System, and Stephanie H. Hoelscher, a chief clinical analyst at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Dwayne and Stephanie answer the following questions:
- What is the development of a clinical decision workflow (CDS) from its earliest iterations? How far has this come in improving the quality and cost of health care delivery?
- What was the evolution of your work with CDS and Zika, and how did CDS improve health outcomes for patients affected by Zika?
- What are the barriers and risks of using CDS within an electronic health record for infectious viruses and other condition-specific diseases? How are organizations overcoming these obstacles today?
- How can the health care industry support a better understanding of the importance of CDS, and where can we see CDS having a positive impact on the day-to-day workflow for clinicians?
- How will CDS evolve over the next three to five years in terms of innovation and unique applications?
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