“Operationalizing clinical decision support (CDS) from clinical guidelines is challenging and particularly difficult during emergencies when recommendations are often developed in real time. This is an overview of a CDC-led, multi-stakeholder initiative, Adapting Clinical Guidelines for the Digital Age. This initiative aims to redesign the guideline development process to better enable representation in CDS and help apply scientific evidence in patient care more easily, quickly, accurately, and consistently. In the case of emergency preparedness, based on the redesigned process, we are developing CDS for post-exposure prophylaxis to anthrax in the event of a bioterrorism attack. The speakers will discuss the approach, issues with integrating multiple guidelines and translating them into machine-readable language, piloting the CDS, steps required for local systems integration and lessons learned for future use and iterative improvement of the redesigned clinical guidelines development process.”

Sharon Pacchiana
Maria Michaels, CDC



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