Clinical Decision Support Authoring Tool

Event Date: February 07, 2019 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET

Event Materials:

  • Presentation Slides (PDF, 9.81 MB)
  • Q&A (PDF, 354 KB)


AHRQ hosted a webinar to provide training on AHRQ’s Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Authoring Tool, which can help develop interoperable, standards-based CDS via a user-friendly application. The tool is offered as part of the AHRQ-sponsored CDS Connect project, which demonstrates how evidence-based research can be more rapidly incorporated into clinical practice through interoperable decision support. Presenters reviewed the CDS Connect project and provide an authoring tool demonstration.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Develop logic, including inclusion and exclusion statements and define the recommended intervention. 
  2. Discuss how to develop “base elements” that can be re-used across logic statements, along with features that enable users to develop subpopulations and how to handle errors. 
  3. Use synthetic test data to verify that authored CDS logic works as expected. 
  4. Save and download their logic expression and provide an understanding of the components of the downloaded zip file.
  5. Understand how other systems and tools developed by the CDS Connect project (i.e., the Repository and CQL Services) can be used to share and implement the logic developed within the Authoring Tool.


Sharon Sebastian

CDS Connect Project Lead

Chris Moesel

CDS Connect Technical Lead


Medical Officer and Chief of Clinical Informatics
Division of Digital Healthcare Research, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, AHRQ

Eligible providers were able to earn up to 1.5 CE/CME contact hours for participating in the live webinar. 

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