Bring UpToDate® into your Clinical Workflow via the EMR/EHR
Integrating UpToDate into your EHR gives your clinicians access to more than 10,000 topics in more than 20 specialties with a simple click. Whether the goal is treatment recommendations, getting information on a lab result, or providing patient education, integration brings the answers clinicians need into the clinical workflow at the point of care.
Many UpToDate customers have already taken advantage of EHR integration and are realizing important benefits including:
- Easy access to UpToDate within the EHR
- Free and convenient access to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- Increased utilization of both UpToDate and the EHR
- Improved clinician satisfaction with the EHR
UpToDate uses a simple API that makes implementation fast and easy. The UpToDate API has been successfully integrated with all leading EHR systems. Our team is available to support you and answer your questions.
UpToDate supports all integration options offered by the leading EHRs, including:
UpToDate supports the integration links of all leading EHRs. Some sites have the ability to set up links to UpToDate from the patient problem list to get targeted search results that are relevant to their specific patient. Other sites place UpToDate as a search box on the Tool Bar and/or the Navigation Bar. Set-up of all types of EHR links to UpToDate is extremely quick and can easily be tailored to your needs.
UpToDate HL7 Infobutton
Integration of the UpToDate HL7 Infobutton enables clinicians to get answers to their clinical questions from within a patient’s record. Users can search UpToDate content for information that is contextually relevant to their specific patient’s disease, condition, medication, lab results, age and gender. The UpToDate HL7 Infobutton is in general release for all Epic sites; other EHR sites should contact their UpToDate Manager or call 888-550-4788 for more information on the UpToDate HL7 Infobutton.
With the UpToDate CME link, clinicians may earn free AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AANP contact hours when conducting an UpToDate search in the EHR. Earning CME is essentially seamless; as clinicians use UpToDate, they accrue credits.
Patient Search Box
The UpToDate Patient Search Box can be integrated into your patient portal giving your patients access to UpToDate Beyond the Basics patient education topics. All patient topics are evidence-based and are created by the same physicians who author and review corresponding professional content, so you know your patients are receiving consistent information.
Best Practices in EHR Integration
Our customers share best practices:
The fewer the clicks, the better
Seconds matter for a busy clinician with mounting demands on his or her time. One click access to UpToDate instead of clicking through multiple drop-down menus and tabs results in a dramatic difference in utilization rates.
Location, location, location…
Where you locate UpToDate in your EHR is critical to clinician adoption. It’s best to put UpToDate everywhere in the clinical workflow. To promote maximum utilization, ensure that the UpToDate icon is always visible.
Spread the word
The most successful integrations use a physician champion to spearhead awareness. Spread the word by using email, physician lounge trainings, and medical meetings. Show your physicians screen shots so they can see how easy it is to access UpToDate at the point of care. Create continued interest by promoting early successes, such as numbers of CMEs earned and utilization statistics.
Open access to all disciplines
When you integrate UpToDate into your EHR you provide access to all disciplines including nurses, physician assistants and other clinical staff. This open access enables you to reap the benefits of standardized care across disciplines.
Involve your patients
Encourage clinicians to turn the computer screen toward their patients and share UpToDate patient information directly at the point of care.
For more information, contact your UpToDate Account Manager; email UpToDate at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-550-4788.
Impact on quality of care
“UpToDate has had a significant impact on the quality of care we’re providing to our patients. That’s why we are so pleased to see that about 95% of our users are now accessing UpToDate directly from Epic. The more clinicians use UpToDate, the higher the quality of care.”
Richard Shuman, MD
Riverbend Medical Group
Easy access – efficient care
“UpToDate integration in MEDITECH is an absolute time saver. It’s so easy to use. You just right click and you’re there. It’s the easiest electronic initiative out there.”
Stacey Johnston, MD
Beaufort Memorial Hospital
“We’ve integrated UpToDate into Cerner Millennium across our entire network. This has been successful and delivers a seamless means of accessing clinical information just when it’s needed – in the midst of patient care. Our utilization is high because of the great content and our clinicians also appreciate the CME program.”
Neil Kudler, MD
Medical Director, IT Services