Session ID: 

Adapting Guidelines for Emergencies in the Digital Age

4:00pm - 5:00pm Wednesday, February 13
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


Operationalizing clinical decision support (CDS) from clinical guidelines is challenging and particularly difficult during emergencies when recommendations are often developed in real time. This is an overview of a CDC-led, multi-stakeholder initiative, Adapting Clinical Guidelines for the Digital Age. This initiative aims to redesign the guideline development process to better enable representation in CDS and help apply scientific evidence in patient care more easily, quickly, accurately, and consistently. In the case of emergency preparedness, based on the redesigned process, we are developing CDS for post-exposure prophylaxis to anthrax in the event of a bioterrorism attack. The speakers will discuss the approach, issues with integrating multiple guidelines and translating them into machine-readable language, piloting the CDS, steps required for local systems integration and lessons learned for future use and iterative improvement of the redesigned clinical guidelines development process.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss the efforts led by CDC on Adapting Clinical Guidelines for the Digital Age and how redesigning the process for developing and implementing guidelines can help translate scientific evidence to practice more easily, quickly, accurately and consistently, especially in the case of emergency
  • Describe the process, challenges, opportunities and lessons learned in developing CDS for emergency preparedness and response use cases using anthrax as an example
  • Identify the role of local health systems in integrating CDS for biological exposures with their clinical workflows and electronic health records (EHRs)


Public Health Advisor,
Centers For Disease Control & Prevention
Principal Health Systems Analyst, Health Informaticist,
The MITRE Corporation


Clinical Informaticists