About the Patient-Centered CDS Learning Network

The Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network (PCCDS-LN) addresses barriers to the effective use of PCOR findings to improve patient outcomes by ensuring that the findings are incorporated widely into clinical practice through the assistance of clinical decision support (CDS). Its initial focus is on providing a forum for stakeholders to assess both barriers and facilitators to implementing PCOR findings in CDS and make recommendations for optimizing PCOR-enabled CDS to facilitate improvements in care and outcomes. This collaborative work will establish a springboard for successfully executing the recommendations in a manner that addresses stakeholder needs and constraints.

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, Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD, and Robert Greenes, 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 PCOR CDS-LN is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


In addition, the PCCDS-LN will develop workgroups staffed by PCCDS-LN members to address specific issues and opportunities related to integrating PCCDS into clinical settings. Workgroups will be charted by the Steering Committee. The initial five workgroups will be: