Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use CDS Connect?

Anybody! CDS Connect is freely available for anyone to use. Generally, the following populations will find CDS Connect valuable:

  • Clinicians
  • Clinical Informaticists
  • CQL developers
  • Health IT Vendors

What is a CDS Artifact?

CDS artifacts are items that represent medical knowledge from various knowledge sources (e.g. clinical guidelines, peer-reviewed articles, local best practices, and Clinical Quality Measures). The artifacts can take many forms, but the goal is to create computable, interoperable translations using CQL. For more information, see knowledge levels discussion (Boxwala et al. JAMIA vol. 18 Suppl 1, 2011).

What is CQL?

CQL is a data standard governed by  Health Level Seven (HL7)  that is currently a Standard for Trial Use (STU). CQL expresses logic in a human-readable document that is also structured enough for electronic processing of a query. It can be used within both the Clinical Decision Support (CDS) and  Clinical Quality Measurement (CQM) domains .

For more information, see the eCQI Resource Center.


How do I find artifacts that are relevant to my organization?

As of January 2020, there are currently 57 CDS artifacts. The artifacts in the Repository span a number of topics including anatomy, health care, diseases, etc. and are contributed by a variety of organizations, including other Federal agencies.

You can search for artifacts by type, description, keyword, title, topic, and publisher, as well as filter the artifacts by topic area.

For more information, visit the Repository.

How can I contribute CDS artifacts to the Repository?

The process entails coordinating with the CDS Connect project team on expected data and formats, setting up author credentials, submitting the material for MITRE review, working through any feedback, and then publishing the content.

Once you have author credentials, you can find documentation on how to use the accounts in the July 2018 work group slides:

We look forward to hearing from you! To begin the process, please contact us.

Why does CDS Connect exist?

CDS Connect is a project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to advance evidence into clinical practice through CDS and to make CDS more shareable, standards-based, and publicly-available.

For more information, visit the About page.

If I upload artifacts to CDS Connect, does the copyright status of those artifacts change?

Copyright and stewardship of CDS artifacts original to CDS Connect (i.e., developed in coordination with AHRQ and MITRE's Health FFRDC) is being managed on a case-by-case basis with AHRQ.

Third party contributors of CDS artifacts to the Repository are required to provide an attestation of their authority to distribute the artifact, which does not change the copyright status of the work.  Depending on the use of the contribution, CDS Connect may request additional permissions from the contributor. 

For more information about copyright considerations, please contact us.

How can I assert my copyright?

In the event that you are the owner of the copyright in any of the material on this website and do not consent to the use of your material in accordance with the terms and conditions of use of this website, please contact us providing the information requested in the form and we will withdraw your material from our website within five working days of receipt of your written objection and proof of ownership of the aforementioned material.

In order to process your request, please provide all information required in the form. Note that to be effective under applicable law, your notification of claimed infringement must be a written communication provided to the designated agent of CDS Connect that includes substantially all the information requested in the form.

When completed and submitted your form will be sent to the to the CDS Connect Designated Agent, also reachable at the following address:

It is strongly recommended that you submit your information using the form, which will be delivered to the email address above. 

Your request will be acknowledged within five working days of receipt.

How can I get help?

Contact us with with specific questions or consider joining the CDS Connect Work Group to continuously learn and engage with CDS Connect.