Thursday, February 11, 2016

How can clinical decision supports help manage patients with chronic disease?

Clinical decision support (CDS) tools within the EHR can be designed to organize, filter, and present useful information at the appropriate point in time to the person who can use it to make a decision. When implemented properly and used correctly these tools should produce measurable improvement in the clinical decisions made by clinicians, care teams, and patients.

For the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs in 2016, eligible professionals and eligible hospitals must meet the (CDS) objective by implementing five CDS rules related to four or more clinical quality measures or related to a high-priority health condition.

Providers can customize the implementation of the CDS to their own needs for their clinical practice and patient population. Providers are not limited to just “pop-up” alert CDS interventions. They can meet the objective by using other methods of CDS.

To learn more, review the specification sheets for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals or check out the Clinical Decision Support Toolkit.

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