CDS/QI Projects

Below is a sampling of projects that have applied Collaborative-related strategies and tools for health IT-enabled quality improvement*. 

These approaches include using a broad definition of CDS, the CMS-recommended CDS 5 Rights Framework, and a structured method to document, analyze and improve target-focused workflows and information flows. 

Publicly accessible versions of these strategies and tools (e.g., the CDS/QI Worksheets) are presented most recently in this HRSA Guide to Improving Care Processes and Outcomes, which builds upon earlier resources including the HIMSS guidebooks on improving outcomes with CDS, and the ONC resource on Planning and Implementing Improved Care Processes.


Other Related Activities

  • Presentation on CDS/QI approach/resources to Cerner Physician Community 10/2013 meeting (click here to download slides)
  • Supported ONC in refining and updating CDS/QI tools (now posted here on healthit.gov; click here to download a description of the original development project)
  • Developed with CDC/Million Hearts the Hypertension Control Change Package (used in Trenton and other projects above), and created change package templates to cover other inpatient and outpatient targets. An EHR vendor has created a vendor-specific version of this change package (email Jerry Osheroff for more info).
  • Presentation to CDC community health grant awardees 9/2013 (click here to download slides)
    • Provides recommendations on enhancing information flow between public health, community health and healthcare to improve population health (builds on CDS4MU deliverables above).  A version of these slides was also presented to RECs at the ONC's Million Hearts meeting 8/13.
  • Supported ONC/CDC in developing the "EHR Innovations for Hypertension Challenge" (which leverages ONC CDS4MU tools) - concluded/awarded
  • Improve hospital readmissions – led by Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) IT/Quality Committee
  • CDS/QI worksheet with best CDS/QI practices for VTE prophylaxis from SHM mentored implementation program
  • Recommendations on 'Closing the Gap' to 'best care at lower cost' as recommended by IOM

*For more information about any of these initiatives, email Jerry Osheroff