Feasibility of encoding the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement Depression Guideline using the Omaha System

Karen A. Monsen, Claire Neely, Gary Oftedahl, Madeleine J. Kerr, Pam Pietruszewski, Oladimeji Farri

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Evidence-based clinical guidelines are being developed to bridge the gap between research and practice with the goals of improving health care quality and population health. However, disseminating, implementing, and ensuring ongoing use of clinical guidelines in practice settings is challenging. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of encoding evidence-based clinical guidelines using the Omaha System. Clinical documentation with Omaha System-encoded guidelines generates individualized, meaningful data suitable for program evaluation and health care quality research. The use of encoded guidelines within the electronic health record has potential to reinforce use of guidelines, and thus improve health care quality and population health. Research using Omaha System data generated by clinicians has potential to discover new knowledge related to guideline use and effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-725
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biomedical Informatics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012



  • Clinical guidelines
  • Depression
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Meaningful use
  • Omaha System

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