Enabling cross-platform clinical decision support through Web-based decision support in commercial electronic health record systems: proposal and evaluation of initial prototype implementations.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Enabling clinical decision support (CDS) across multiple electronic health record (EHR) systems has been a desired but largely unattained aim of clinical informatics, especially in commercial EHR systems. A potential opportunity for enabling such scalable CDS is to leverage vendor-supported, Web-based CDS development platforms along with vendor-supported application programming interfaces (APIs). Here, we propose a potential staged approach for enabling such scalable CDS, starting with the use of custom EHR APIs and moving towards standardized EHR APIs to facilitate interoperability. We analyzed three commercial EHR systems for their capabilities to support the proposed approach, and we implemented prototypes in all three systems. Based on these analyses and prototype implementations, we conclude that the approach proposed is feasible, already supported by several major commercial EHR vendors, and potentially capable of enabling cross-platform CDS at scale.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhang, M; Velasco, FT; Musser, RC; Kawamoto, K

Published Date

  • 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2013 /

Start / End Page

  • 1558 - 1567

PubMed ID

  • 24551426

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3900165

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1942-597X


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States