Using computational modeling to assess the impact of clinical decision support on cancer screening improvement strategies within the community health centers

Timothy Jay Carney, Geoffrey P. Morgan, Josette Jones, Anna M. McDaniel, Michael Weaver, Bryan Weiner, David A. Haggstrom

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Abstract

Our conceptual model demonstrates our goal to investigate the impact of clinical decision support (CDS) utilization on cancer screening improvement strategies in the community health care (CHC) setting. We employed a dual modeling technique using both statistical and computational modeling to evaluate impact. Our statistical model used the Spearman's Rho test to evaluate the strength of relationship between our proximal outcome measures (CDS utilization) against our distal outcome measure (provider self-reported cancer screening improvement). Our computational model relied on network evolution theory and made use of a tool called Construct-TM to model the use of CDS measured by the rate of organizational learning. We employed the use of previously collected survey data from community health centers Cancer Health Disparities Collaborative (HDCC). Our intent is to demonstrate the added valued gained by using a computational modeling tool in conjunction with a statistical analysis when evaluating the impact a health information technology, in the form of CDS, on health care quality process outcomes such as facility-level screening improvement. Significant simulated disparities in organizational learning over time were observed between community health centers beginning the simulation with high and low clinical decision support capability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-209
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of biomedical informatics
Volume51
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

Keywords

  • Cancer screening
  • Community health center
  • Computational
  • Modeling
  • Simulation
  • Systems-thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics
  • Medicine(all)

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