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A Discussion of Clinical Decision Support Services


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: September 2013 - Volume 56 - Issue 3 - p 446–452
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31829cb0bf
Medical Applications of Digital Media

The software known as Clinical Decision Support Services (CDSS) has emerged as a buzzword from the explosion of information systems within health care. CDSS is installed within a practice to provide resources and tools to support the utilization of patient data in the provider decision-making process. Additional applications of CDSS include streamlining administrative duties and assisting in cost control. This paper examines the details of CDSS design and implementation to analyze strengths, weaknesses, and feasibility of CDSS for practices of varying sizes and objectives.

*Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Duke University, Durham;

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

C.J.B. is the Founder and CEO of OnPulse—A Healthcare Communication Company. P.N.A. declares that there is nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Corenthian “Corey” J. Booker, MMCi, MD, 112 South Duke Street, Suite 1, Durham, NC. E-mail:

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.