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 sources (e.g. clinical guidelines). The artifacts can take many forms, but the ultimate goal is to create computable, interoperable translations using CQL. For more information, see knowledge levels.

What is CQL?

CQL is a data standard governed by Health Level 7 (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, check out the eCQI Resource Center

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

Currently there are three artifacts in the repository. In the future when there are more artifacts, there will be several ways to find artifacts that you may be interested in:

  • Searching for keywords that interest you using a search form
  • Each artifact has several metadata elements that are used to describe the artifact. Some of these elements (e.g., Knowledge Level, Clinical Domain, etc.) will be clickable and will take you to a list of artifacts that share those same values.

How can I contribute CDS artifacts to the repository?

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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, see about page

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

Currently, the limited number of CDS artifacts original to CDS Connect are being developed in coordination with AHRQ and the CAMH Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) responsible for designing and developing the CDS Connect Repository. Copyright and stewardship of CDS artifacts original to CDS Connect is being managed on a case-by-case basis with AHRQ.

Third party contributors who wish to upload CDS artifacts to CDS Connect 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 complaint form and we will withdraw your material from our website forthwith on receipt of your written objection and proof of ownership of the aforementioned material.

In order to process your complaint, please provide all information required in the complaint 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 complaint form.

When completed and submitted your complaint will be sent to the to the CDS Connect Designated Agent, also reachable at the following address: ClinicalDecisionSupport@ahrq.hhs.gov

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

Your complaint will be acknowledged within 5 working days of receipt.

How can I get help?

CDS Workgroups

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