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Clinical Decision Support Systems: Resolving the “Build or Buy” Dilemma

Care that is important is often not delivered. Care that is delivered is often not important.

The importance of clinical care grounded in a reliable evidence base cannot be over emphasised. Evidence based care processes, supported by automated clinical information and decision support systems, offer the greatest promise of achieving the best outcomes. Proprietary Clinical Decision Support Systems CDSS built on evidence-adaptive platforms incorporating clinical knowledge that continually reflects current EBM…

The importance of clinical care grounded in a reliable evidence base cannot be over emphasised. Evidence based care processes, supported by automated clinical information and decision support systems, offer the greatest promise of achieving the best outcomes. Proprietary Clinical Decision Support Systems CDSS built on evidence-adaptive platforms incorporating clinical knowledge that continually reflects current EBM gleaned from both the research literature and sources of practice expertise will soon outgrow self-synthesised home-grown) solutions. This paper explores this process.

The Business Case for Patient and Consumer Engagement

This issue brief focuses on making the business case for patient and consumer engagement – especially as it relates to the services of hospitals, health systems, medical groups and payers.

Patient and consumer engagement are structured around sustainable behavior change – of patients, family members, caregivers and healthcare consumers. As a discipline, process and strategic priority, engagement flows throughout the continuum of care – from hospitals, health systems and physician practices to labs, imaging centers, pharmacies, retirement centers and long-term care facilities. Patient and consumer…

Patient and consumer engagement are structured around sustainable behavior change – of patients, family members, caregivers and healthcare consumers. As a discipline, process and strategic priority, engagement flows throughout the continuum of care – from hospitals, health systems and physician practices to labs, imaging centers, pharmacies, retirement centers and long-term care facilities. Patient and consumer engagement embraces the “ecosystem” of lifestyle and care choices promoted via education, business, media and the community. It takes a village to inform, educate, engage and empower patients, families and consumers to take charge of their health and healthcare, as well as the health and healthcare of their families and the public. Healthcare organisations have the knowledge and clout to mobilise the village, improving outcomes and controlling costs.

ClinicalKey for Nursing Case Study – Breach Candy Hospital Trust

ClinicalKey for Nursing drives significant improvement in nursing practice

Breach Candy Hospital’s nursing staff adopted ClinicalKey for Nursing in early 2016 and have broadly utilised the solution’s information and case studies for daily referencing and education. Current, credible, evidence-based information available in ClinicalKey for Nursing has given nurses the tools to improve their nursing practice, via training and education. With nurses gaining greater confidence…

Breach Candy Hospital’s nursing staff adopted ClinicalKey for Nursing in early 2016 and have broadly utilised the solution’s information and case studies for daily referencing and education. Current, credible, evidence-based information available in ClinicalKey for Nursing has given nurses the tools to improve their nursing practice, via training and education. With nurses gaining greater confidence through their usage of ClinicalKey for Nursing, patient interaction and satisfaction at Breach Candy has also improved.

The Role of Clinical Content in Reducing Care Costs

How trusted, evidence-based clinical that is easily accessible can help healthcare providers reduce costs

The idea of containing costs isn’t unique to hospitals, ambulatory care providers, and health systems. But one tool that can help them achieve measurable savings is unique to the industry: trusted clinical content that’s easily accessible by healthcare providers.

ClinicalKey Case Study – Saint Louis University

How Elsevier met Saint Louis University’s diverse clinical reference needs

St. Louis University (SLU) must meet stringent and varied demands for clinical resources to properly support patient care, research, teaching and training. In 2014, SLU concentrated on providing faculty, staff and students with an evidence-based resource tool with a clinical focus that would engender better habits when seeking clinical support. With the desire to adopt…

St. Louis University (SLU) must meet stringent and varied demands for clinical resources to properly support patient care, research, teaching and training. In 2014, SLU concentrated on providing faculty, staff and students with an evidence-based resource tool with a clinical focus that would engender better habits when seeking clinical support. With the desire to adopt a solution to meet their diverse needs, SLU implemented ClinicalKey, a clinical reference tool that drives better care by delivering fast, concise answers, and deep access to evidence whenever, wherever it’s needed.

Order Sets: A poka-yoke for clinical decisions

Combined with reference and other CDS solutions, order sets have the potential to empower physicians in providing the safest, highest quality, most cost-efficient healthcare; that is, a truly reliable Poka-Yoke.

Poka (unintended mistake) Yoke (avoid) is the Japanese equivalent for “error proofing.” This Lean Manufacturing strategy is more relevant than ever in healthcare today. Why?

Poka (unintended mistake) Yoke (avoid) is the Japanese equivalent for “error proofing.” This Lean Manufacturing strategy is more relevant than ever in healthcare today. Why?

Order Sets Care Planning

How Order Sets and Care Planning can help hospitals drive out unwarranted variation

With the NHS looking to drive out unwarranted variation to deliver better care for better value, Elsevier, worldleading provider of information solutions, outlines how its Order Sets and Care Planning products can optimise care delivery with evidence-based approaches across the care continuum.

Order Sets at University of Kentucky Healthcare

The four essential steps to effective order set management and their implementation at University of Kentucky Healthcare

Standardized, evidence-based order sets have been shown to be a key driver in meeting the mandates of healthcare reform. The maintenance, revision and creation of order sets, however, can be arduous without integrated systems and a carefully laid-out process. In this whitepaper, Dr. Jim Nolin, who has led order set development for several facilities and…

Standardized, evidence-based order sets have been shown to be a key driver in meeting the mandates of healthcare reform. The maintenance, revision and creation of order sets, however, can be arduous without integrated systems and a carefully laid-out process.
In this whitepaper, Dr. Jim Nolin, who has led order set development for several facilities and now serves as editor-in-chief, order sets, for Elsevier, breaks down the steps of effective order set management.
Dr. Kevin W. Hatton, clinical decision support medical director at University of Kentucky HealthCare®, then discusses how his organization used the four steps to improve and manage its order set program.

Empowering Clinical Nurse Educators with tools to drive efficiency

The Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) wears many hats in the organisation. The CNE’s role, integral to the success of the healthcare organisation and the nursing staff, includes a varied and extensive list of critical responsibilities

The typical job description for a Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) includes an extensive list of capabilities and tasks. With such tremendous responsibilities, CNEs are VIPs in healthcare facilities. As such, they must be provided with the tools they need to effectively address their diverse duties, overcome endemic challenges and perform to the best of their…

The typical job description for a Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) includes an extensive list of capabilities and tasks. With such tremendous responsibilities, CNEs are VIPs in healthcare facilities. As such, they must be provided with the tools they need to effectively address their diverse duties, overcome endemic challenges and perform to the best of their abilities. Created to address obstacles faced each day by the busy CNE, the most effective solutions ease these pain points and exponentially drive efficiencies and promote excellence across the healthcare system.

Creating a Culture of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice – Why and How

Based on a webinar presented by Lois Marshall, PhD, MSN, RN, Nurse Education Consultant, and sponsored by Elsevier

Momentum continues to build for the establishment of evidence-based nursing practice. In going forward to pursue a culture that supports EBNP, healthcare organisations must acknowledge that, though the benefits are great, it will take time, resources and strong commitment to put into effect. And the path will not always be smooth, as modifications and revisions…

Momentum continues to build for the establishment of evidence-based nursing practice. In going forward to pursue a culture that supports EBNP, healthcare organisations must acknowledge that, though the benefits are great, it will take time, resources and strong commitment to put into effect. And the path will not always be smooth, as modifications and revisions are inevitable before consistently positive results are achieved.
With shared vision and shared commitment, however, organisations can achieve the level of evidence-based practice that supports consistent, quality care for patients, families, communities and populations.