Benefits of Various types of Clinical Decision Support(CDS) Tools

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Five Major Types of CDS Tools and Benefits

  • Alerts and Reminders: This module deliver information at the point of care in a such a way that it gets provider's attention.It supports in prescribing as well as in time-sensitive care such as annual preventive care screening. They usually appear in the form of pop-up boxes which are strategically placed in reminder lists and might have changes in visual presentation like font or color.
  • Order Sets: These are the bundles of orders which are pre-specified and grouped by clinical purpose. They eliminate the requirement to specify each individual test that leads to efficient ordering process and decrease in human error. Order sets standardize a level of care across the practice. When an order set is created, it may seem alike to any other order but with an exception that order set will have group of multiple orders for a particular purpose.
  • Info-buttons:This module supply clickable links to reference information for selected terms or phrases. Unlike alerts and reminders, Info-buttons appear as a small icon like question mark or “i” near the selected terms. Physicians can take advantage of this information seeking module clicking the icon.
  • Data Displays:This module provides with the reference and guidance or information specific to patients and help physicians to make more informed decisions at appropriate times such as during ordering or chart review. Data displays are triggered by information rather than the specific user actions like in alerts and reminders. They can be appeared in the form of dashboard or may be the unit tracking systems such as emergency department monitor
  • Documentations templates:This module consists of structured electronic forms to collect clinical information. Provider can enter information with drop down menus or with free text

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