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2020 Webinar

Addressing Chronic Pain through Patient- and Clinician-facing CDS

Jan 15, 2020 2PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

This 1-hour webinar will introduce viewers to two new efforts to develop and implement patient-facing and clinician-facing shareable clinical decision support (CDS) to improve chronic pain care, newly funded by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ). The complementary efforts highlight the ambitious technical and design goals to make shareable CDS actionable and effective for patients and providers alike. 

One effort (led by Project Director, Dr. Barry Blumenfeld at RTI International) includes a multi-organizational team that is developing shareable CDS to promote shared decision-making in primary care clinics—including data from state-level prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP), patient-reported outcomes, and the capability to document in local electronic health records.

The second effort (led by Project Director, Dr. Kristen Miller at MedStar Health) is investigating human-centered design approaches to developing and implementing shareable patient- and clinician-facing CDS specifically enhancing the quality of clinical discussion and patient engagement to optimize chronic pain management therapy. 

These efforts represent the next stages in efforts that AHRQ has been leading through its support of the Learning Network and CDS Connect, please see AHRQ’s CDS website for more information on these and other initiatives.

ONLINE HERE (slides from the webinar here, FAQ here)


Previous Webinars

NOW ONLINE: Trust Frameworks: Policy and Legal Issues in Making Patient-Centered CDS Truly Shareable

Thursday March 22 from 1-2pm EST

  • Jodyn Platt, MPH, PhD; Assistant Professor in the Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems, Department of Learning Health Sciences, at University of Michigan Medical School


NOW ONLINE: CDS for Immunizations (CDSi): A Community and Standards-based Approach

Thursday January 18 from 1-2pm EST


  • Dr. Noam H. Arzt; President, HLN Consulting, LLC
  • Stuart Myerburg, JD; Team Lead, Informatics (Acting), Immunization Information Systems Support Branch - National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Angel Aponte; Computer Specialist, Division of Disease Control - NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Immunization is a mature, well-developed domain with a considerable and increasing focus on patient-centered access: most parents have recurring needs for access to immunization history (for school, camp, child care). Increasingly, public health agencies and clinicians are providing direct access to parents (and other patients) with clinical decision support (CDS), forecasts included. This presentation will focus on the development and implementation of CDS by the immunization user community. First, the presenters will discuss the CDC-led effort to develop the standardized Clinical Decision Support for Immunizations (CDSi) resources. Next, an Open Source implementation of immunization CDS will be described. And finally, an example of both provider- and patient-facing systems using immunization CDS tools will be demonstrated.

NOW ONLINE HERE (slides from the webinar here

NOW ONLINE: Ask Once, Use Many: New Opportunities for Patient-Reported Outcomes in Healthcare Delivery

Thursday November 2nd from 1-2pm EST


  • Ashley Wilder Smith, PhD, MPH, Chief of the Outcomes Research Branch (ORB) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

NOW ONLINE HERE (slides from the webinar here)

NOW ONLINE: Scaling Patient-Centered CDS for Disseminating Guidelines in Public Health: A Case Example

Thursday Sept 14th from 1-2pm EST


  • Jim Jellison, MPH; Director, Practice Support at Public Health Informatics Institute
  • Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc; Chief Informatics & Innovation Officer, Apervita, Inc.

NOW ONLINE HERE (slides from the webinar here)

NOW ONLINE: CDS Connect: A Patient-Centered CDS Authoring Tool and Rules Library

July 20, 2017 @ 1:00pm EST:


  • Rob McCready; Senior Principal at The MITRE Corp. and Project Leader for AHRQ CDS Connect
  • (Moderator) Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc; Chief Informatics & Innovation Officer, Apervita, Inc.


NOW ONLINE: Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network Open Forum

June 29, 2017 @ 3:00pm EST

We seeded the conversation with brief overviews by leaders in Patient-Centered CDS about their efforts:

  • Marc S. Williams, MD; Director, Genomic Medicine Institute at Geisinger Health System
  • Julie Scherer, Ph.D.; Chief Data Scientist at Motive Medical Intelligence
  • Rob McCready; Senior Principal at The MITRE Corp. and Project Leader for AHRQ CDS Connect
  • (Forum Moderator) Jerome A. Osheroff, MD, FACP, FACMI; Principal at TMIT Consulting, LLC

And then opened the floor to our members, to hear about your Patient-Centered CDS innovations, initiatives, challenges and questions.


NOW ONLINE: An International PCOR CDS Perspective: The Guideline Implementation with Decision Support Project

Feb 16, 2017 @ 11:00 AM EST

This webinar, delivered by Stijn Van de Velde, discusses computerized clinical decision support systems (CCDSS). Despite the growth of CCDSS, significant investments do not consistently result in value for money due to content, context, system and implementation issues. Caution is needed to apply CCDSS in the best possible way. The Guideline Implementation with Decision Support (GUIDES) project currently develops a checklist to support professionals that are responsible for CCDSS initiatives. By promoting thoughtful reflection over the diverse factors that affect CCDSS success, the checklist aims to improve its impact and intends to reduce potentially avoidable failures. The project receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 program (grant agreement No 654981) and will be completed by July 2017. This webinar will discuss the background and methods of the project, the factors that we included to date and how the GUIDES checklist can support the skills of experts while dealing with the complexity of CCDSS. 


NOW ONLINE: Building Nationwide Capacity for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research-Enabled Clinical Decision Support

Feb 9, 2017 @ 1:00 PM EST

Richardson JE, Middleton B. Building Nationwide Capacity for PCOR-Enabled CDS. RTI International Brown Bag Series (Online). February 9, 2017.


NOW ONLINE: The Transformation of our Health System - Disruptors and Implications for Clinical Decision Support

January 18, 2017 @ 1PM EST

This webinar, delivered by Bob Greenes, discusses how our healthcare system is transforming to a patient-centered "health system", as a result of many concurrent disruptors. As a consequence, the focus is shifting from practice or enterprise optimization of workflow, costs, and quality, to the so-called quadruple aim of enhancing patient experience, improving population health, reducing costs, and improving the work life of health care providers. This is all viewed in the context of a "learning health system" that continually improves itself, based on new knowledge and feedback of its own performance. Dr. Greenes examines the traditional approaches to delivering computer-based CDS in terms of their prospects and limitations, and introduces some newer approaches that show promise. 

NOW ONLINE HERE (slides from the webinar here) 

NOW ONLINE: PCOR Clinical Decision Support Interoperability Standards

December 21, 2016 @ 11AM EST

One of the key challenges for developing and implementing PCOR CDS is interoperability. This webinar, presented by Dr. Kawamoto, will provide an overview of interoperability frameworks for PCOR Clinical decision Support. The overview will include details on (1) sharing knowledge artifacts, (2) sharing patient-specific inferencing capabilities, and (3) sharing EHR-integrated “apps” with decision support. Dr. Kawamoto will also describe the current state of standards in each of these areas and propose how the PCOR CDS-LN should build upon these efforts to enable scalable CDS for PCOR findings.

NOW ONLINE HERE (slides from the webinar here

NOW ONLINE: Introduction to the PCOR CDS-LN

November 1, 2016 @ 1PM EDT

One of the key objectives of the PCOR CDS Learning Network in the first year has been to provide a forum for stakeholders to assess both barriers and facilitators to implementing PCOR findings in CDS. To this end, the PCOR CDS-LN has developed an ‘Analytic Framework for Action’ (AFA) to facilitate the translation of PCOR-based findings into CDS for clinical practice.

We are excited to announce the launch of our new webinar series. It will kick off with an introduction to the PCOR CDS-LN this coming Tuesday, November 1st. This Webinar will discuss the barriers and facilitators assessed to date and the use of the AFA to identify mitigating actions to improve the authoring, implementation and measurement of PCOR-based CDS in a Learning Network.

This webinar will be presented by:

  • Barry H. Blumenfeld, MD, MS, Principal Investigator, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Clinical Decision Support Learning Network