Clinical decision support is a process for enhancing health-related decisions and actions with pertinent clinical knowledge and patient information to improve health and healthcare delivery. The information delivered can include general clinical knowledge and guidance, processed patient dataor both. Information delivery formats can be drawn from options that include data and order entry facilitators, filtered data displays, reference information, alertsand more.
Clinical decision support systems (CDSS) form a significant part of the field of clinical knowledge management technologies through their capacity to support the clinical process and use of knowledge. These systems are typically designed to integrate a medical knowledge base, patient data, and an inference engine to generative case-specific advice.