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What is clinical decision support?

Clinical decision support (CDS) is the use of health IT to provide clinicians and/or patients with clinical knowledge and patient-related information, intelligently filtered or presented at appropriate times, to enhance patient care. Clinical knowledge of interest could include simple facts and relationships, established best practices for managing patients with specific disease states, new medical knowledge from clinical research, and many other types of information.

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