First Advisor

Eugster, Ernest

Second Advisor

Plantz-Masters, Shari

Third Advisor

Hart, Douglas


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Computer and Information Technology


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

80 pages


One of the most significant challenges facing healthcare executives today is investing in clinical decision support systems (CDSS) that can support diverse data and decision making needs of physicians and managers to accomplish their organization's mission. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus package have brought billions of dollars in incentive funds for CDSS and other healthcare information technology. CDSS can help healthcare organizations automate inefficient processes, lower costs and improve patient care with better decision making. Risks, however are that pre-implementation and customization of CDSS can be costly and the systems are difficult to measure return on investment. Furthermore, some studies have suggested that the promised benefits of these systems can be difficult to achieve. This document investigates linkages between CDSS and organizational performance. It examines academic literature, develops a research methodology and presents findings from a study in the healthcare industry.

Date of Award

Summer 2010

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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