SPOTLIGHT: Clinical decision support needs more than just alerts to improve quality

In its final rule for "meaningful use" of EMRs, CMS defined clinical decision support as technology that gives healthcare professionals "general and person-specific information, intelligently filtered and organized, at appropriate times, to enhance health and healthcare." In other words, CDS is so much more than just alerts, Neil Versel reports. As CMIO reports in this month's cover story, recent research from Duke University Medical Center and Old Dominion University's College of Health Sciences found four elements of CDS that tend to have a positive impact on clinical practice. FierceHealthIT