Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why should I get involved with the PCCDS-LN?

To participate in an ongoing collaboration around the identification of key research findings and their dissemination into point of care clinical decision support systems, ultimately improving patient care. This work will position care providers for the transition to value based payments (MACRA) and better ensure that we are engaged in delivering more medical care that works effectively and less care that does not.

What is is a website and collaboration space for interested parties to convene, discuss, and develop synergies to facilitate the Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network (PCCDS-LN).

What problem does the PCCDS-LN address?

As valuable research findings are released, it remains a challenge to incorporate these findings into CDS effectively. This learning network was created to help address these challenges, to more effectively overcome barriers to implementing research findings in clinical care.

What kinds of activities is the learning network going to be engaged in?

This learning network will provide subject matter expertise, management, mentoring, collaboration, and peer-learning opportunities.

Who is involved in The Learning Network?

The Learning Network is governed by an executive committee of renowned experts in Patient-Centered CDS, supported by a team from RTI International, and connects an active community of members across multiple areas including payers, providers, patients, EHR vendors, and CDS vendors.

Who supports the PCCDS-LN?

Initial support for the PCCDS-LN is provided through a U18 grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (U18 HS024849) for four years from April 1, 2016 until January 31, 2020. We anticipate that the PCCDS-LN will become self-sustaining after this initial funding has ended.

How can I get involved or learn more about the PCCDS-LN?

For general inquiries, comments, and/or to get on our mailing list, please register or email the PCCDS-LN at

What is Clinical Decision Support (CDS)?

CDS is a process for enhancing health-related decisions and actions by patients, providers and others to improve health and care delivery. CDS interventions draw from a rich palette of options that ideally make the right thing to do easy. Examples include highlighting care needs (such as for disease screening and management) in individuals and populations through dashboards and registry reports, as well as addressing those needs through evidence-based order sets and judicious use of notifications tied to appropriate action. (Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer’s Guide)

What is Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support?

CDS that supports individual patients and their approved caregivers and/or care teams in health-related decisions and actions by leveraging information from evidence-based research (CER and PCOR) and/or patient-specific information (e.g. patient-generated health data).

What is Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)?

Patient-centered outcomes research is defined as patients, researchers, health systems, clinicians and others coming together to make health research more efficient and powerful, and less expensive, by collaboratively harnessing the power of large amounts of health data. It allows patients and providers the power to make more informed health decisions. However, current research has revealed a gap between patient-centered outcomes research findings and how those findings are implemented into clinical care. (ACA)

What is meant by a Learning Network?

This Learning Network will bring together public and private stakeholders to promote a sustainable community around developing and disseminating decision support tools by accelerating collaborative learning, overcoming barriers and facilitators to use, and evaluating impact.

What is the 'Code of Conduct' for this website?

The code of conduct can be found here:

If I post comments or upload items to the PCCDS Learning Network Resource Center, does the copyright status of those items change?

Currently, comments and uploaded items are being considered in coordination with AHRQ (responsible for the grant funding the PCCDS Learning Network). Third party contributors who wish to comment on or submit items to the Resource Center are required, to the best of their ability, to refer to the originator of the item, submission does not change the original copyright status of the work. Depending on the use of the submission, the PCCDS Learning Network may request additional permissions from the originator/contributor.

For more information about copyright considerations, please contact us.

How can I assert my copyright?

In the event that you are the owner of the copyright in any of the material on this website and do not consent to the use of your material in accordance with the terms and conditions of use of this website, please contact us providing the information requested in the contact form and we will withdraw your material from our website forthwith on receipt of your written objection and proof of ownership of the aforementioned material.

To process your complaint, please submit a notice using the contact form. It is strongly recommended that you submit your complaint using the contact form, which will be delivered to the PCCDS Learning Network and transmitted to the email address above. When completed and submitted your complaint will be sent to the PCCDS Learning Network Designated Agent, also reachable at the following address: ClinicalDecisionSupport@ahrq.hhs.govYou may be contacted to provide additional details as required by the designated agent (see below) under applicable law. Note that to be effective under applicable law, your notification of claimed infringement must be a written communication provided to the designated agent of the PCCDS Learning Network that includes substantially all of the requested information.

Your complaint will be acknowledged within 5 working days of receipt.