A National Web Conference on Clinical Decision Support Efforts that Assist Clinical Cognitive Processes

Event Details

  • Date: October 19, 2021
  • Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm


AHRQ is hosting a Web conference on October 19, 2021, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST during which panelists will describe their research efforts and methods to align the design and implementation of clinical decision support (CDS) tools that support the cognitive needs of the clinician. Each of the projects will present the frameworks used to implement these tools with the goal to provide the right information to the provider at the right times in the clinical workflow process, and ultimately, to improve clinical outcomes. In conclusion, the speakers will provide general themes to consider when developing and implementing these tools.

Eligible providers can earn up to 1.5 CE/CME contact hours for participating in the live Web conference.


Zach Hettinger

A. Zach Hettinger, MD, MS, FACEP
Director of Cognitive Informatics, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, MedStar Health

Anping Xie

Anping Xie, PhD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Yalini Senathirajah

Yalini Senathirajah, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Roland Gamache

Roland Gamache, PhD, MBA, FAMIA
Staff Fellow, Division of Digital Healthcare Research, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, AHRQ


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this Web conference, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the role of cognitive engineering for complex decision making and problem solving in acute care and understand the application of these tools as part of CDS development.
  2. Understand and apply the strengths of analytical and naturalistic decision making in the design of effective CDS tools.
  3. Understand interaction design in electronic health records and how a ‘composable’ approach helps solve problems of display fragmentation and the related impact on clinical cognitive load and clinical reasoning.

Targeted Audience:

Health care researchers, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals, health IT researchers, and vendors.

To Register:

  1. Go to this link.
  2. Click “Register”
  3. Enter your information on the registration form and click “Submit.”

You will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event. To ensure successful participation, please download the WebEx app and/or test your system prior to the live event.
For assistance: If you require special accommodations to participate in the web conference, please contact DigitalHealthcareResearch@ahrq.hhs.gov.

Eligible providers can earn up to 1.5 CE/CME contact hours for participating in the live Web conference. Continuing education credits will be available for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists/ pharmacy techs, and healthcare executives. Non-physician CMEs will also be available.

Physicians and Physician Assistants
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AffinityCE and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AffinityCE is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. AffinityCE designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians and Physician Assistants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse CE is provided for this program through collaboration between the AHRQ and AffinityCE. AffinityCE is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). This activity provides 1.5 contact hours of nurse CE credit.

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
AffinityCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). This knowledge-based CPE activity will provide 1.5 contact hours for participants. There is no cost to participate. Participant CE records will be electronically communicated to CPE Monitor. UAN : 0829-9999-21-071-L04-P/T

Other Professionals
All other health care professionals completing this continuing education activity will be issued a statement of participation indicating the number of hours of continuing education credit. This may be used for professional education CE credit. Please consult your accrediting organization or licensing board for their acceptance of this CE activity.

How to Obtain CME/CE Credit
Participants must attend the entire live Web conference and complete the evaluation online to earn 1.5 contact credit hours and obtain a CE certificate. No partial credit will be awarded. A link to the online evaluation system will be provided after the Web Conference.

Commercial/Sponsor Disclosure
There is no involvement of commercial or sponsor support for this Web conference series.

System Requirements
Mobile device (e.g., large-format smart phone; laptop or tablet computer) or desktop computer with a video display of at least 1024 × 768 pixels at 24-bit color depth, capable of connecting to the Internet at broadband or faster speeds, with a current version Internet browser and popular document viewing software (e.g., Microsoft Office, PDF viewer, image viewer) installed. Support for streaming or downloadable audio-visual materials (e.g., streaming MP4, MP3 audio) in hardware and software may be required to view, review, or participate in portions of the program.