Appl Clin Inform 2024; 15(02): 335-341
DOI: 10.1055/s-0044-1786682
Research Article

Resident-Driven Clinical Decision Support Governance to Improve the Utility of Clinical Decision Support

Kristin N. Sheehan
1   Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Anthony L. Cioci
1   Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Tomas M. Lucioni
1   Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Sean M. Hernandez
1   Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
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Objectives This resident-driven quality improvement project aimed to better understand the known problem of a misaligned clinical decision support (CDS) strategy and improve CDS utilization.

Methods An internal survey was sent to all internal medicine (IM) residents to identify the most bothersome CDS alerts. Survey results were supported by electronic health record (EHR) data of CDS firing rates and response rates which were collected for each of the three most bothersome CDS tools. Changes to firing criteria were created to increase utilization and to better align with the five rights of CDS. Findings and proposed changes were presented to our institution's CDS Governance Committee. Changes were approved and implemented. Postintervention firing rates were then collected for 1 week.

Results Twenty nine residents participated in the CDS survey and identified sepsis alerts, lipid profile reminders, and telemetry renewals to be the most bothersome alerts. EHR data showed action rates for these CDS as low as 1%. We implemented changes to focus emergency department (ED)-based sepsis alerts to the right provider, better address the right information for lipid profile reminders, and select the right time in workflow for telemetry renewals to be most effective. With these changes we successfully eliminated ED-based sepsis CDS reminders for IM providers, saw a 97% reduction in firing rates for the lipid profile CDS, and noted a 55% reduction in firing rates for telemetry CDS.

Conclusion This project highlighted that alert improvements spearheaded by resident teams can be completed successfully using robust CDS governance strategies and can effectively optimize interruptive alerts.

Ethical Approval

The study was performed in compliance with the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki on Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects and was reviewed by AHWFBMC Institutional Review Board.

Supplementary Material

Publication History

Received: 16 October 2023

Accepted: 12 March 2024

Article published online:
01 May 2024

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