Clinical Decision Support System Software

A clinical decision support system (CDSS) is a type of software platform that can assess medical information about patients and empower physicians with valuable insights regarding treatment. These aggregate all the relevant clinical information about patients and enable providers to make informed decisions, eventually leading to better patient medical outcomes. Software for CDSS healthcare can highlight problems that doctors might have overlooked. Some of those may include patients’ treatment history, drug interactions, pre-existing conditions, etc. These factors help clinicians make better decisions.  

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Clinical decision support system is a healthcare application that carries the task of data analytics within the EHR to provide accurate directions and CDSS alerts to the healthcare providers. These advanced medical decision making helps caregivers to implement the evidence-based clinical guidelines at the point of care. There are a wide variety of clinical decision support examples like a CDSS for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention where the providers are reminded to screen patients with CVD risk factors and flag cases of hypertension. 

OSP can program clinical decision support systems based on healthcare rule inference engines navigate through a repertoire of clinical rules and multitudes of facts to help a clinical expert for the decision making in healthcare. On your demand, we can build a CDSS that incorporates a rule inferencing system where clinical data characteristics of a patient are matched to a clinical knowledge base to make patient-specific assessments for better case management. To solve your clinical decision-making challenges, we can leverage a cache-based lazy loading mechanism incorporating rule clustering and hashing kernel, combined with a prediction-based technique.

HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) stated the providers need to comply with meaningful use of health IT systems or face a reduction in Medicare reimbursements. A decision support system is the best solution for the providers to comply with the HITECH Act and its requirement of meaningful use. CDSS is one of the essential clinical data analytics that helps providers in cost containment through timely and accurate clinical interventions. 

OSP can create customized clinical decision support tools for your needs that are COPE integrated and provide help in decreasing the inpatient length of stay and suggesting cost-effective medical alternatives. We can program CDSS based on your needs with multiple applications such as drug selection, drug-allergy checking, basic dosage guidance, drug interactions checking, suggesting alternative medical therapy, healthcare diagnostics support, and collaborative care management. By integrating CDSS in computerized physician order entry COPE, clinical facilities and hospitals can save hundreds of dollars per year.

Medical decision support system works as an expert clinician for a less experienced healthcare provider or as a second opinion for a veteran physician. A healthcare decision support system is based on case-based reasoning (CBR) and advanced knowledge management and healthcare analysis system. Replacing the raw medical data with some meaningful content can help to increase the efficiency of the clinical decision support system. Organized and transformed combination of medical data, adapted with a set of rules, procedures, and operations to create a universal set of rules, guidelines, operations, and knowledge. 

We program the CDSS medical to help match patient characteristics with digital knowledge bases and use algorithms to create patient-specific evaluations or treatment recommendations. We help you with a tailored system for clinical decision making with a Knowledge Manager. It is a knowledge database and rules engine for managing clinical regulations and medical data models. Knowledge manager breaks down the medical data into computerized rules which can comfortably be shared between different decision support applications to build a robust and flexible solution.

CDSS sifts through an enormous amount of EHR data to suggest next steps for medical treatment, alert providers to available information they may not have seen, or identify potential problems, such as dangerous medication interactions. A system for healthcare decision support has the clinical database layer to store information on diseases, diagnoses, and lab findings. The database also stores the patient data and a knowledge base in the form of ‘if-then’ rules or machine learning models. The content could be structured as the knowledge data such as FDBE database that contains drug-related data, or the medical content could be processed structured data from the EPR applications themselves.

Our team can solve the challenge of secure medical records management by building a dedicated data repository to hold all the medical data that is needed by the CDSS to present meaningful information to the healthcare providers. Guide us through your needs for the healthcare decision support system, and we will customize the information model of the data repository for CDSS. We have experience in medical data management and establishing a synchronization schedule for the data to maintain accurately and as near-real-time as possible between the EMR Clinical systems and your Data Repository.

Healthcare interoperability means the seamless data sharing potential of multiple health IT systems to help healthcare data readily accessible to all the users of these health systems. Interoperable clinical decision support systems help in improving efficiency, especially when the healthcare data are presented consistently, it is easier for practitioners to quickly get to the bottom of the issue as they make treatment decisions. Interoperable CDSS also helps for safer care transitions, especially for chronic care patients where continuity of care is crucial.  

OSP ensures interoperability in health IT systems to allow for safer transitions of care, which leads to better outcomes for patients in general. Semantic interoperability must be granted to share CDS modules across different health information systems. Currently, numerous standards for different purposes are available to enable the interoperability of clinical decision support systems in the areas of clinical information, decision logic, terminology, and web service interfaces. OSP can identify and provide an overview of the available standards that enable clinical decision support interoperability in the areas of clinical information, terminology, decision logic, and web service interfaces.

A computerized CDSS that integrates with multiple EMRs and multiple patient health records (PHR) is preferred by the healthcare providers for efficient healthcare decision making. Workflow integration is the major challenge in CDSS adoption. We work around the clock to customize clinical decision support system that can be easily integrated into your existing practice management and EHR. As per your needs, we can program a knowledge-based clinical decision support system to offer detailed medication classification surpassing mandated industry standards to reduce the potential for drug prescription errors. 

We modify the CDSS to build robust technical infrastructure to allow health systems such as advanced telehealth solutions to share data electronically. Our custom development services render complete information possible into CDS healthcare systems to enhance the decision-making process in the clinical workflow. We strive to solve clinical decision support system challenges by encouraging broader adoption of exceptional professional clinical guidelines and promote a culture of quality across the domain.



It is not uncommon for providers to misdiagnose a patient’s condition. Patients suffering from rare diseases, chronic diseases, and predisposed to some health complications might suffer adverse reactions to certain treatments. But OSP-developed clinical decision support system software can analyze large quantities of patient health data and generate comprehensive insights about their health to assist doctors. This will reduce any chances of misdiagnosis and help patients in the long run.

Studies and research have shown that providers waste more than $20 billion yearly on unnecessary treatments. OSP’s medical decision support systems can help cut down such waste by providing accurate medical information analyses. We can create a CDSS to enable doctors to know the right tests to order, prescribe the correct dosage, and optimize their diagnosis. As a result, all the stakeholders – providers, payers, and patients stand to benefit.

Certain patients react to certain medications in unexpected ways. Some people might experience only limited effects of some drugs, while others might experience symptoms of over-usage. Some patients might even suffer from adverse drug reactions. In light of this, we can design a clinical decision support system software to provide accurate information about patients’ health vitals and help doctors make accurate prescriptions without endangering the patient's health. This is especially useful for patients in critical care.

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Design and Development of Customized Medical Decision Support Systems

  • Automated alerts and reminders to providers regarding patient care activities
  • Patient-specific information for the clinical staff regarding all patients
  • Functions for diagnostic support
  • Patient-specific and condition-specific ordering of procedures and tests
  • Consolidated interface for clinical management

Development of CDSS Software Platform

  • Detailed analysis of existing clinical workflows at the medical organization
  • Development of an architectural framework for the customized CDSS platform
  • Inclusion of features that are specific to the medical services provided
  • Consolidated dashboard to view patient’s individual data and corresponding insight
  • Feature to check drug interactions for each patient individually

Implementation of CDSS Software at Healthcare Organizations

  • Design of custom APIs for integration with existing systems
  • Use of standardized data formats for seamless connectivity
  • Comprehensive testing of the CDSS software for ensuring data security and privacy
  • Deployment by experienced technology professionals with little to no obstruction of daily medical operations
  • Rapid support in case of downtimes with periodic updates

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Frequently Asked Questions

A clinical decision support system (CDSS) analyses medical data and provides actionable insights to clinicians about patient care. It sifts through all the information about patients individually and filters it all to help doctors make informed decisions regarding treatments, medication, surgeries, and so forth.  

  • Order sets specific to patients or medical conditions  
  • Alerts about situations that might pose potential medical dangers   
  • Reminders for doctors and clinical staff  
  • Databases to provide patient-specific information  

1.Knowledge-Based CDSS  

In this type of CDSS, the knowledge base is composed of data structured as IF-THEN rules. In other words, the results produced are based on conditions. For example, in the case of systems for observing drug interactions, an alert needs to be sent to the clinician if drug A is taken along with drug B. In this case, the knowledge can be updated with the latest drug interaction data to generate appropriate alerts for corresponding interactions. The built-in logic uses data and evidence-based rules to provide results that doctors can use.  

2.Non-Knowledge-Based CDSS  

This CDSS does not use a knowledge base or leverage IF-THEN rules. It uses machine learning modules to enable the system to learn from previous operations and discover patterns in the data. This type of CDSS mainly uses two types of techniques –   

  • Genetic Algorithms – These algorithms adapt to new functions, generate solutions, and evaluate them iteratively with improvements in each iteration. This is done until the best possible solution is obtained.    
  • Artificial Neural Networks: These algorithms use nodes and weighted connections to assess data patterns and find correlations between symptoms and diagnoses.  

Simply put, a clinical decision support system (CDSS) in healthcare is a software application that analyzes data to enable healthcare providers to make informed decisions regarding patient care. A CDSS platform uses multiple tools and knowledge management principles with those tools to derive useful interpretations of patient data. These interpretations highlight important patterns which help doctors treat patients better.  

Clinical guidelines  

This clinical decision support system follows the rules to provide a screening alert for a specific medical condition. In other words, this notifies clinicians and medical staff if a particular disease or medical condition has been diagnosed. It has uses in studying and controlling epidemics and other select diseases.  

Clinical decision support (CDS) is a broad term encompassing a wide array of tools and interventions, both digital and non-digital, intended to help physicians make better-informed decisions and improve the quality of care for patients.  

A clinical decision support system (CDSS) can refer to a technology-driven software platform that analyzes large quantities of patient data to obtain insights that help doctors treat their patients better.  

Clinical decision support (CDS) tools provide vital insights and information for providers to make informed decisions about patient care. Moreover, CDS tools serve a wide array of purposes that help manage patients’ overall care journey, usually while being admitted to the hospital. From providing important insights about potential drug reactions, alerts about dangerous situations, and automated reminders to notifying clinicians of any developments or changes to patient conditions, a CDS enhances the quality of care and patient experience significantly.  

The best part about a CDS is that it enables doctors to have a consolidated view of patient data, along with insights in the form of patterns and interpretations. This gives doctors an edge that can also compensate for their lack of experience treating patients. The use of CDS is especially impactful in treating people with chronic conditions and other rare disorders.  

Clinical decision support systems (CDSS) are expected to drive the trends in the following areas of patient treatment –  

1.Diagnostic Imaging 

Artificial intelligence-powered (CDSS) are accelerating the field of medical image analyses. AI modules can process large amounts of relevant data (medical images in this case) and identify a baseline of normalcy. Subsequently, it can flag down any images that violate this baseline, helping physicians improve the efficiency and impact of medical imaging. The best part is that such AI-powered systems can identify abnormalities faster and more accurately than a doctor.  

2.Personalized Medicine 

No two people are the same. The response to treatment might vary from person to person depending on their family history, genetics, allergies, lifestyle, ethnicity, as well as medical history. In light of this, CDSS will enable doctors to personalize treatments to suit the needs of individual patients better, thereby achieving superior clinical outcomes. 

3.Precision Medicine 

Genome sequencing has helped the medical community to understand diseases and human physiology at a deeper level. This has given rise to targeted therapies and precision medicine in which treatments will have minimal to no side effects on patients’ health. The treatments can target diseased cells based on an individual’s genetic makeup. CDSS will help physicians leverage the power of precision medicine with accurate patient-centric data on hand. This can potentially revolutionize treatments and disease management.  

Nurses are an integral part of the healthcare system. While doctors administer the primary treatment, the nurses look after the patients in all other aspects. A CDSS system offers an integrated database and numerous tools for informed decision-making. As a result, nurses can leverage the insights offered by CDSS platforms to perform their duties more efficiently and look after patients better.  

Whether primary care or day-to-day clinical observation, a clinical decision support system (CDSS) offers a wide range of tools that make patient care easier and more impactful. Nurses can receive notifications and alerts about drug interactions and potential side effects, record patient vital signs fluctuations, interpret patterns and changes, and deliver better care. 

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