Clinical Decision Support Systems

Features, Future and Fostering Collaboration

Swiss TPH Hybrid Symposium

Clinical decision support systems – digital tools which support healthcare providers deliver evidence-based care – can improve quality of care in resource-constrained settings. The rapid evolution of CDSS and other digital health interventions over the last decade has brought with it significant advances, whilst presenting challenges for users and other stakeholders.

This Swiss TPH CDSS symposium will bring together global experts and key drivers of CDSS development and implementation to share learning and expertise on three core themes:

  • CDSS in the health ecosystems: Two parallel tracks will explore design and implementation considerations for CDSS to be integrated in existing health ecosystems, with the one focusing on healthcare provider needs and experiences and the other focused on interoperability of digital systems
  • Leveraging CDSS data: teams will present ways in which data collected through routine use of CDSS is put to use, from providing insights into quality of care and emerging epidemiological trends to learning how to improve clinical decision support algorithms.
  • Collaboration for sustainability: we will hear about successful collaborations and future priorities to unite stakeholders to contribute to impact, scalability and sustainability of CDSS


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Welcome and Keynote

  • Introduction to Clinical Decision Support Systems, Fenella Beynon, Digital Health Unit Head, Swiss TPH
  • WHO Vision for SMART Guidelines for CDSS, Carl Leitner, World Health Organisation

CDSS in the Health Ecosystem: Community and Health System Perspectives
Parallel Session 1A

  • Introduction: Building a Holistic, Participatory Process, Salvador Camacho, Swiss TPH
  • Community engagement for acceptance of CDSS, Hassan Hussein Mohamed, International Committee of the Red Cross, Somalia
  • Designing Content to Meet Clinical Needs in Complex Emergencies, Alladiguimbai Montolnan, SysRef, Chad
  • Provider and Caregiver Perspectives of CDSS for Sick Children, Mariah Ngutu, University of Nairobi
  • The Need for a Vision: Evidence and Feasibility Considerations, Xavier Bosch-Capblanch, Swiss TPH

CDSS in the Health Ecosystem: Digital Ecosystem and Interoperability
Parallel Session 1B

  • Digital Health Interoperability in Tanzania, Sosthenes Bagumhe, ICT Directorate, Ministry of Health of Tanzania
  • Moving towards Global Standards and Interoperability, Jose Teixeira, PATH and Health Level Seven
  • Realities of Putting Interoperability Standards into Practice, Patrick Delcroix, Swiss TPH
  • Rethinking CDSS within the Digital Ecosystem - Integration with Electronic Medical Records,  Alexandra Kulinkina, Swiss TPH

Session 2 | Leveraging Data from CDSS

  • Using IeDA Data for National Decision Making, Iveth Gonzàlez, Terre des Hommes
  • The CDSS data lifecycle: from set-up to innovation, Ibrahim Mtebene, Ifakara Health Institute, and Hélène Langet, Swiss TPH
  • Understanding Healthcare Provider Acceptance of CDSS Recommendations, Rainer Tan, Swiss TPH and Unisanté
  • Learnings from MSFeCARE Data, Lucie Gueuning and Joceylne Cumunel, Médecins sans Frontières, and Annie Hartley, EPFL
  • Opportunities and Challenges to Fill the Epidemiological Gap in Fragile Settings Using CDSS, Nora Monnier, Swiss TPH

Session 3 | Collaboration for Sustainability

  • A Community of Practice for CDSS, Caroline Perrin, Geneva Digital Health Hub
  • Collaborations as a key to success, Erica Layer, D-Tree International
  • Target Product Profile for CDSS: Collaboration for Common Standards, Karell Pellé, FIND
  • Scale and Sustainability, Sulaiman Saidu Bashir, Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Nigeria