CDS-WG: eDecisions - an ONC-Sponsored Initiative to Enable Interoperable, Standards-Based Clinical Decision Support at Scale

June 6, 2013
Member - Free, Non-member: $50
Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD

Health eDecisions (HeD; is a public-private initiative sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to enable interoperable clinical decision support (CDS) at scale. The objective of HeD is to develop and validate standards to support (i) sharing knowledge artifacts for import into CDS systems and (ii) sharing patient-specific inferencing capabilities as software services.

In this Webinar, several of the leaders of the HeD initiative will describe the initiative purpose; its methods; the functional requirements and standards developed; and the piloting of the standards by multiple institutions, including CDS content vendors and EHR vendors. The standards developed by the initiative will be available to policy makers for potential inclusion in future EHR certification requirements.
The results of the HeD initiative may have a significant impact on the future landscape for CDS specifically and health IT in general.

Learning Objectives

During this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Why standards-based, interoperable CDS is needed
  • How HeD is seeking to address the need for standards-based, interoperable CDS
  • The HeD/HL7 CDS Knowledge Artifact Implementation Guide and other HeD reference materials
  • How the HeD/HL7 CDS Knowledge Artifact Implementation Guide can be used to represent CDS artifacts including rules, order sets, and documentation templates
  • How to learn more about HeD and how to get involved in the HeD community

Speakers Information

Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD
Director, Knowledge Management and Mobilization
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
University of Utah
Dr. Kawamoto is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and the Director of Knowledge Management and Mobilization at the University of Utah. He is serving as the Initiative Coordinator for HeD. Dr. Kawamoto is also a co-chair of the HL7 CDS Work Group and the founder of OpenCDS (

Jacob Reider, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
Dr. Reider is the Chief Medical Officer of ONC and the executive sponsor of the HeD initiative. Prior to his leadership role at ONC, Dr. Reider was the Chief Medical Informatics Officer of Allscripts.

Alicia A. Morton, DNP, RN-BC
Deputy Director, Office of the Chief Medical Officer
Director, Office of Clinical Informatics
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
Alicia is the Director of the Office of Clinical Informatics and the Deputy Director of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer at the ONC. She is the ONC sponsor of the HeD initiative.

Jamie Parker
Associate Director – Health IT
ESAC, Inc.
Jamie is Associate Director for Health IT at ESAC Inc. She is serving as the Project Manager for HeD.

Bryn Rhodes
Software Architect
Veracity Solutions
Bryn is a Software Architect at Veracity Solutions, and he is co-leading the development of the HeD specifications and related tooling.

HeD is a fully open initiative. Therefore, all meetings and artifacts are openly available through