The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is providing $5 million to fund two studies of best practices for using clinical decision support software, a tool long-held by insurers as a means to better diagnosis, treatment and, as a result, lower claims.

AHRQ is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The contracts went to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.

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