HI 5001 Special Topics: Clinical Decision Support Systems

Course Type: Basic
Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide an overview of decision support systems in health care, with a particular emphasis on design, evaluation and application of clinical decision support systems (CDSS). The course explores the background and state-of-the-art of CDSS. Students will understand the mathematical foundations of knowledge-based systems, learn to identify areas which might benefit from a decision support system and evaluate the challenges surrounding development and implementation. The course also includes a detailed discussion of issues in clinical vocabularies and other important issues in the development and use of CDSS, and provides guidance on the use of decision support tools for patients.

Prerequisites

Access to the Internet, personal computer and consent of instructor.

Additional Information

Course Goals

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Develop basic skills (information evaluation, management, and knowledge representation) to translate decision support techniques to the benefit of patient care.
  • Describe the impact of scientific evidence, and its acceptance and use in clinical medical practice.
  • Design effective guideline implementation for well substantiated clinical practice recommendations.
  • Learn to identify areas which might benefit from a decision support system and evaluate the challenges surrounding developing and implementing such a system.
  • Discuss the ethical and legal issues surrounding clinical decision support systems.
  • Develop a sufficient knowledge of decision support systems to make an intelligent purchase suitable to your company's needs from a decision support vendor.