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    Clinical decision support tools: 9 ways they improve care


    A clinical staff armed with the best clinical decision support (CDS) tools can be a game changer when it comes to improving care quality and reducing care costs.

    That’s because clinical decision support tools, which provide clinicians with knowledge ranging from up-to-date clinical guidelines to patient-specific information, enables providers and health plans to make smarter, quicker, and more-informed decisions.

    “Recent information about the potential side effects of acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and PPIs; DNA test information; biologics; stem cell therapies are just a few examples of areas that have challenged health plans’ clinical leadership,” says Managed Healthcare Executive Editorial Advisory Board Member Don Hall, a former health plan CEO and principal, Delta Sigma LLC, in Littleton, Colorado.

    Here are nine more ways experts say CDS can improve healthcare delivery:



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