Development, deployment and usability of a point-of-care decision support system for chronic disease management using the recently-approved HL7 decision support service standard

Journal Article

Clinical decision support is recognized as one potential remedy for the growing crisis in healthcare quality in the United States and other industrialized nations. While decision support systems have been shown to improve care quality and reduce errors, these systems are not widely available. This lack of availability arises in part because most decision support systems are not portable or scalable. The Health Level 7 international standard development organization recently adopted a draft standard known as the Decision Support Service standard to facilitate the implementation of clinical decision support systems using software services. In this paper, we report the first implementation of a clinical decision support system using this new standard. This system provides point-of-care chronic disease management for diabetes and other conditions and is deployed throughout a large regional health system. We also report process measures and usability data concerning the system. Use of the Decision Support Service standard provides a portable and scalable approach to clinical decision support that could facilitate the more extensive use of decision support systems. © 2007 The authors. All rights reserved.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lobach, DF; Kawamoto, K; Anstrom, KJ; Russell, ML; Woods, P; Smith, D

Published Date

  • December 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 129 /

Start / End Page

  • 861 - 865

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-8365

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0926-9630

Citation Source

  • Scopus