The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is warning against relying too heavily on clinical decision support (CDS) “pop-up” alerts when meeting meaningful use Stage 2 objectives.

With the enormous amounts of patient data being generated from medical devices and electronic health records, CDS is seen as a linchpin for enabling the effective use of all of this information. As medical data and individual patient information become more readily available electronically, CDS is meant to improve quality of care and enhance outcomes by avoiding errors and adverse events, improving efficiencies, reducing costs, while enhancing provider and patient satisfaction.

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