Clinical decision support is designed to deliver the most relevant patient data to the physician at the time it is most needed – namely, when a critical choice about care has to be made. It is not a new concept and the healthcare industry certainly has the technology available to make it work at an optimal level.
Still, there is room for improvement on both the provider and vendor ends, say specialists in the CDS field.
“The traditional definition of CDS is what you can do within the electronic health record to support better decisions, but across the industry the state of decision-making is really bad,” said Dale Sanders, senior vice president of Salt Lake City, Utah-based Health Catalyst.
“You have spots of innovation in some areas, but as an industry CDS at the EHR level is really bad. On a scale of one to 10, I’d give it a three or four. But there is great movement around improving it, so we’re optimistic.”