What makes the best clinical decision support tools so widely utilized?


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What makes the best clinical decision support tools so widely utilized?

Health care providers need access to up-to-date and clinically-actionable clinical decision support tools in order to adopt precision medicine. But, how can organizations transition to precision medicine in a cost-effective, scalable way?

We are proud to share an article written by Ramon Felciano, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Strategy & Technology, QIAGEN Bioinformatics, that was featured in The Pathologist, a UK-based publication that considers the latest research and innovation in pathology and diagnostics. Titled “Deciding Factors,” the article shines a light on new trends in clinical labs that are improving the accuracy and efficiency of genetic test interpretation. It argues that these advances are made possible with clinical decision support (CDS) tools, which incorporate big data, sophisticated informatics, and augmented intelligence (as opposed to artificial intelligence), to better inform treatment decisions, manage liability risk, and ensure compliance with ever-changing data privacy regulations.

The adoption and implementation of CDS tools is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity. Just a few years ago in the United States, only pre-eminent academic medical centers offered precision medicine. As stated in the article, “Today, an estimated 24 percent of hospitals will provide some form of precision medicine by the end of 2018.”(1) With the use of CDS tools and related technologies gaining traction, clinical teams need to ensure they select support tools that provide maximum interpretation transparency and detailed reporting. Dr. Felciano explains how CDS tools are personnel assets—not replacements—that enhance productivity, reliability and the practice of precision medicine.


(1)N. Versel, “Data requirements, money hold back growth of precision medicine among health systems” (2018). Available at: https://bit.ly/2qFSb60. Accessed April 18, 2018.