About the Patient-Centered CDS Learning Network

On January 31, 2020 the PCCDS Learning Network, an AHRQ-funded initiative, was ended. This website is no longer being maintained. Many of the activities and materials developed by the PCCDS Learning Network are still freely available on this website.

What is the Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network (PCCDS-LN)?

The PCCDS-LN is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-supported effort that brings together diverse stakeholders to promote a sustainable community around developing, disseminating, and applying evidence-enabled, patient-centered clinical decision support.

The PCCDS-LN is designed to:

  • Accelerate collaborative learning
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to implementing PCOR findings into clinical practice with the assistance of CDS
  • Recommend ways to implement PCOR findings as CDS
  • Reinforce facilitators for effective CDS use
  • Measure PCOR finding use in CDS
  • Evaluate its impact and plan for long-term sustainability

The PCCDS-LN engages diverse stakeholders from a variety of groups including (not limited to):

  • Patients and their Caregivers
  • Clinicians and Care Teams
  • Standards Development Organizations
  • CDS Developers and Implementers
  • Health IT and CDS Vendors
  • Payers and Regulators
  • Subject Matter Experts and Researchers


The PCCDS-LN is governed by a Steering Committee of experts in PCOR and clinical decision support, led by Barry Blumenfeld, MD, MS, Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, Jerome Osheroff, MD, and Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD, and supported by a team of researchers from RTI International. It also connects an active community of members across multiple areas including, providers, patients, health IT vendors, informatics researchers, payers and others. The PCCDS-LN is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.