Clinical Decision Support

What is CDS?

CDS provides timely information to help inform decisions about a patient's care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) defines CDS as ‘health IT functionality that builds upon the foundation of an EHR to provide persons involved in care processes with general and person-specific information, intelligently filtered and organized, at appropriate times, to enhance health and health care’. CDS encompasses a variety of tools and processes to enhance decision-making in the clinical workflow.

CDS is not simply an alert, notification, or explicit care suggestion. CDS encompasses a variety of tools including, but not limited to: 

  • Computerized alerts and reminders for providers and patients
  • Clinical guidelines
  • Condition-specific order sets
  • Focused patient data reports and summaries
  • Documentation templates
  • Diagnostic support
  • Contextually relevant reference information

CDS is not intended to replace clinician judgment, but rather to provide a tool to assist care team members in making timely, informed, and higher quality decisions.

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