Clinical Decision Support Rules Authoring


CDS is a powerful tool when designed and tuned properly. However, translating Care Pathways or Clinical Guidelines into a set of rules, order sets, assessments or other interventions, can be tricky. There's lots of room for different interpretations between clinical and technical subject matter experts. Elimu will help guide you through the process. We wrote the rules on writing rules. 


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Rules authoring methodology

Elimu co-founder, Aziz Boxwala, developed a methodology for iterative development of rules that follows an approach very similar to iterative software development. This approach has been adopted by notable institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Partners Healthcare, and AHRQ. The strengths of this method are:

  • Transparency between clinical and technical SMEs

  • Scalability for greater levels of complexity

  • Portability across different platforms and workflows

  • Maintainability for future changes to guidelines and evidence based medicine

Rules implementation

One question we get frequently is, "who writes the rules and where do they live?" Our broad range of experience allows us to write rules, and implement them, on any platform you like such as:


The Elimu difference

  • We author CDS that is clinical context aware

  • Some of the largest content vendors in the industry leverage our knowledge engineering services

  • We go to greater depth than "out of the box" products to produce the best and most accurate results

  • Our clinical informaticists partner with our developers, and your SMEs, taking an iterative approach

  • Our rules are scalable to any platform and can easily be maintained over time as guidelines change

When it's done right

  • Rules trigger or stay dormant when they are supposed to due to proper Semantic Normalization and Value Set creation

  • Quality reporting scores and patient outcomes improve due to well modeled rules authoring

  • Rules appear in proper workflows and settings of care through well contemplated workflow integration

  • Rules are easily updated and maintained


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