Clinical Decision Support (CDS) is one of the most utilized tools within a health center. CDS affects workflows, patient/provider interfacing, effective provider documentation, and ultimately health outcomes for patients. Individually, health centers build CDS rules, a task that is both costly and time-consuming for an organization. These CDS rules need to reflect the most up-to-date clinical guidelines to provide patients with the best possible healthcare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disseminates changes to evidence-based clinical guidelines through a decentralized method sometimes causing changes to go unnoticed, not be instituted in a timely fashion, and/or may not happen at all in today's resource-constrained healthcare environment. In partnership with the CDC and NACHC, three health center controlled networks (HCCNs) piloted the interfacing of a CDC-maintained, web-based clinical guideline repository with their EMR applications. This session will highlight the successes and challenges of this project and provide attendees with a roadmap detailing the applicability of this new and innovative work.
Retrieve and consume an evidence-based guideline XML file for Chlamydia screening from a CDC web server.
Process the XML file to create and/or update CDS for Chlamydia within an EMR, automatically checking for updates in real time.
Provide CDS recommendations on Chlamydia screening and treatment to providers at the point of care.
Quality Improvement Advisor and APM Program Manager,