Decision support Definitions

  • C

    clinical decision support system (CDSS)

    A CDSS, or clinical decision support system, is data analysis software or an application that care providers reference during treatment.

  • computer assisted coding system (CACS)

    A computer assisted coding system (CACS) is medical software that reviews healthcare forms, including electronic health records, and assigns appropriate medical codes to its findings.

  • computerized physician order entry (CPOE)

    A benefit of computerized physician order entry -- an electronic way to record patient data -- is that it eliminates errors caused by poor handwriting.

  • E

    e-prescribing (eRx) incentive program

    The Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program is a US government program that provides financial incentives to physicians, practitioners and therapists who meet certain criteria for the use of qualified e-prescribing systems.

  • expert system

    An expert system is a program that uses artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to simulate the knowledge and judgment of humans. Expert systems usually include a subject-specific knowledge base and can have additional modules added to expand their capacities.

  • G

    genomics

    Genomics is the study of human genes and chromosomes.

  • H

    health informatics

    Health informatics, a term that includes narrower fields such as clinical and nursing informatics, is the study and management of health information.

  • P

    precision medicine (PM)

    Precision medicine (PM) is a rapidly evolving development in healthcare in which physicians and other caregivers consider differences in genes, socioeconomic status and lifestyles when devising treatment regimens for patients.

  • T

    telepathology

    Telepathology is the area of telemedicine involving the transmission of pathological specimen images for remote study and diagnosis of disease.

  • telestroke (telestroke services)

    Telestroke, also called telestroke services, is an approach to treating vascular strokes that allows a neurologist to provide remote treatment for a stroke victim. A telestroke service, which is a sub-category of telemedicine, is often used for medical consultations in rural areas.

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