Clinical Decision Support

Did you know that all the data and observations from daily clinical decision making can be embedded into tools that support clinical decision making beyond Boston Children’s?

Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tools provide clinicians, staff, patients, or other individuals with knowledge and person-specific information, intelligently filtered or presented at appropriate times, to enhance health and health care.

Our Expertise

The Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) at Boston Children’s Hospital brings together extensive business and technical capabilities to shape the future of health care by building new technologies, collaborating with industry, and deploying a comprehensive digital health platform.

CDS tools developed by IDHA leverage extensive pediatric expertise and deep data sets on rare/complex conditions and treatments. IDHA actively partners with industry to embed these insights into existing technologies as CDS value-add products. Recent examples of CDS tools and partnerships include:

Imaging: Boston Children’s Hospital recently partnered with GE to help doctors everywhere interpret pediatric brain images faster and more accurately by downloading BCH expertise into decision support software distributed by GE. Read more.

Knowledge: Amazon Alexa supports parents with sick kids, providing educational information on common pediatric symptoms and guidance for at-home treatment through the KidsMD healthcare skill for Alexa. Read more.

Data: Boston Children’s Hospital is using concepts of augmented intelligence in the PICU to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs by analyzing millions of real-time ventilator and clinical data points and applying learnings from outcomes of past patients. Read more.

Clinical Decision Support Innovation Challenge

The Clinical Decision Support Innovation Challenge, hosted by IDHA in 2017, was an open call for Clinical Decision Support (CDS) ideas with the potential to support clinical decision making through the development of new knowledge bases and technologies. Applicants were eligible to receive funding of up to $50,000 in direct costs, R&D software development support, and partner sourcing for commercial opportunities.

IDHA sourced a robust volume of CDS ideas from throughout the Boston Children’s Hospital ecosystem. Select innovators were invited to attend an Opportunity SPRINT, a 75-minute meeting bringing together the technical, business, innovation, and subject matter expertise needed to evaluate and support CDS innovations.

Antibiograms, a cutting-edge project led by Dr. Kelly Flett, MMSc, Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, was selected as a winner of the Clinical Decision Support Challenge. Read more about Dr. Flett’s project.

In The News

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