What provides the smarts behind an advanced implementation of electronic health records? Clinical decision support systems. It may be time to revisit your CDS vendor options.
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Elsevier Clinical Decision Support, a subsidiary of Anglo-Dutch publishing giant Reed Elsevier Group, draws heavily on its parent company's massive stable of medical journals, books, and online medical reference tools such as MD Consult. The CDS division is a combination of home-grown technology and content, plus several Elsevier acquisitions. Notably, Elsevier bought drug database developer Gold Standard in 2006, nursing care plan provider CPM Resource Center in 2007, and clinical analytics firm MEDai in 2008.
The extensive Elsevier CDS product line is divided into four categories: analytics and reporting; drug reference and decision support; evidence-based guidelines, clinical content, and tools; and learning and performance management. Well-known Elsevier CDS brand names include Mosby's, Gold Standard, Pinpoint, and First Consult.
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