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Clinical Decision Support (CDS)

Penn Medicine has a three part mission of patient care, education and research, with the patient care mission rooted in providing the highest quality and safest care possible. The Office of the Chief Medical Officer is accountable for patient care quality and safety, and has established the Blueprint for Quality and Patient Safety to guide these efforts.  The mission of the clinical decision support (CDS) program at Penn is to facilitate clinical decision making consistent with the goals of the Blueprint so as to provide patients with the highest quality, safest and highest value care.

CDS Activities


The Penn Medicine CDS Workgroup is formalized by a charter established and led by the CDS Officer and the Director of the Center for Evidence-based Practice (CEP), reporting on CDS activities to the CMIO and CMO.

Operational activities will include:
1. Evaluating and prioritizing new CDS proposals
2. Requesting evidence reviews to guide CDS interventions when appropriate
3. Developing and deploying CDS interventions
4. Cataloguing and evaluating implemented CDS interventions (including those implemented prior to workgroup formation)
5. Making recommendations for more rigorous epidemiologic and/or economic evaluations of select interventions

The workgroup meets every other week to review proposals. Proposals evaluated by the CDS Workgroup can be submitted via direct submission of proposals by individuals via the HelpDesk which may then be forwarded to the workgroup by the Inpatient EMR Prioritization or the Outpatient EMR Operations Committees if they meet specific criteria.

To be forwarded to the CDS workgroup, proposals need to support the Blueprint for Quality or Evidence Based Practice initiatives at Penn, and must be computerized CDSs, including CPOE, protocol support, information buttons, alerts or reminders.  The Workgroup will report activities quarterly to the Clinical IT Governance Committee.

CDS Workgroup Members



Craig A Umscheid, MD, MSCE
Chair, CEP Director; HUP

Kendal Williams, MD, MPH
Co-Chair, CEP Co-Director; PPMC

Kim Pavan

Joel Betesh, MD
Co-Chair, PAH  

Jeremy Souder, MD

Terese Kornet, RN
Nursing Representative     

Denise Gilanelli

Nishaminy Kasbekar, PharmD
Pharmacy Representative      

Richard Demers

John Salmon
Director of Sunrise and Epic EMR

Mika Epps
Acting Clinical Decision Support Officer

Ad Hoc Members:  


Curt Langlotz, MD, PhD
Radiology Representative

Brian Wells
Associate CIO for Health Technology and Research Computing, Penn Medicine

Tracy Christie

Christine Vanzandbergen
Associate CIO, IS Applications

Jerry Osheroff, MD
CDS Academic




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