VA Pushes for Advanced CDS for iEHR System

Marla Durben Hirsch | FierceEMR | July 4, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs has opted to use a clinical decision support (CDS) system for its integrated electronic health record system with the Department of Defense.
In a notice Federal Business Opportunities, the VA, via the Department of the Interior, requested that the D-service interface specifications it wants for its CDS is CDS functionality as a service. Currently, most CDS systems are linked with specific vendor EHR software or modules.

"The objective of the proposed project on behalf of the VA, is to define service interface specifications for Electronic Health Record (EHR) services required for a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to Clinical Decision Support (CDS) which both (i) support the anticipated CDS needs of interagency Electronic Health Record (iEHR) and (ii) can serve as the basis of international health IT standards in this area," the notice said.