HIMSS launches online clinical decision support tool

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 24, 2009

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As organizations struggle with implementing clinical decisions support tools to meet "meaningful use" requirements for electronic health records systems, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is offering an online tool it thinks can help.

In July, HIMSS opened its Clinical Decision Support wiki to the public as a resource for practices and hospitals implementing clinical decision support systems (link).

The wiki initially was created as a closed forum by HIMSS's CDS Task Force, made up of six health systems with 50 hospitals. The task force's efforts focused on establishing best practices for implementing CDS to address specific clinical performance improvements, starting with prevention of venous thromboembolism. The group now hopes other organizations will participate in this and other efforts, including how to achieve meaningful use.

The wiki, an open Web page on which anyone can post or edit information, is the second to be launched by HIMSS. An e-prescribing wiki debuted in January (link).

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