How Clinical Decision Support Systems Can Improve Care and Enhance Population Health Outcomes

News | September 29th, 2021

On an average day, doctors can make more than 150 real-time decisions that impact patient care. Even with extensive education and vast experience, medical decision-making can be challenging given the quantity of data and volume of evidence that exists. And studies show that errors in clinical decision-making correlate to morbidity and mortality.

Since 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has focused on moving the healthcare market to a value-based care model, and has also dramatically accelerated the digitization of medical records, which are now currently used by more than 89% of physicians.

Clinical decision support systems (CDSS), which were originally designed to take into account all of the data available in an EHR, have now matured to a point where the data and insights they provide are aiding providers in delivering the right care to the right patient at the right time. Driven in part by the 21st Century Cures Act enabling interoperability in health IT, CDSS can reach its full potential of helping practitioners adhere to guidelines, while further improving patient safety, as well as the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare.

The Benefits of Clinical Decision Support Systems

For each patient a provider sees, they are faced with an onslaught of data, such as diagnostic labs and imaging studies, clinical notes, and biometric data. Advanced clinical decision support systems are designed to take in all of these data sources, analyze the inputs, and present insights to providers to inform decision-making. These insights are then curated by the CDSS to enhance patient care and outcomes.

If done right, clinical decision support systems can aid in:

  • Improving the quality of care and delivering on the goal of enhancing health outcomes
  • Driving greater efficiency in care delivery
  • Helping providers avoid errors and adverse effects,
  • Improving patient and provider satisfaction

Rimidi’s Clinical Decision Support Solution

When choosing a CDSS solution, providers should look beyond their EHR and consider how the solution fits into their entire existing workflow and can truly make care more personalized for unique patient needs.

Rimidi’s Configurable Clinical Decision Support Solution, for example, is EHR-integrated and built within our SMART on FHIR platform. The solution is designed to support national practice guidelines, client protocols, remote monitoring workflow, referral management, clinical trial recruitment, and most use cases, according to each client’s unique needs.

Ready to start using Configurable Clinical Decision Support Solutions to drive efficiency and better outcomes? Request a demo or contact a member of our team today.