Spain’s Health Ministry Launches UpToDate Clinical Decision Support for Doctors Nationwide

Waltham, Mass. (March 27, 2014) – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Spain’s Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality has launched UpToDate®, providing thousands of healthcare professionals in the Sistema Nacional de Salud (SNS), Spain’s national health system, with access to its clinical decision support resource. With UpToDate, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and ministry professionals at 305 SNS hospitals, primary care centers, nursing homes, hospice care centers and psychiatric hospitals can access trusted, evidence-based medical information.

“We share the Ministry’s dedication to improving the quality of care by providing clinicians with the most current and comprehensive information they need to put evidence-based medicine into practice,” said Denise Basow, MD, Vice President/General Manager, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “By implementing UpToDate as part of its quality plan, the Ministry is pairing clinicians and other healthcare professionals with a trusted medical resource that provides unmatched depth and breadth of medical information to answer clinical questions and support diagnostic and treatment decisions.”

The Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality is responsible for proposing and implementing the Government of Spain’s guidelines on health policy, planning and healthcare, consumer products and social affairs. It will monitor the UpToDate project, acting as coordinator between regions and evaluating the impact evidence-based medicine has on care quality across the SNS.

UpToDate® is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical knowledge system which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions. UpToDate’s more than 5,700 world-renowned physician authors, editors and peer reviewers use a rigorous editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality. More than 850,000 clinicians in 164 countries rely on UpToDate, and more than 30 research studies confirm UpToDate’s widespread usage and association with improved patient care and hospital performance, including reduced length of stay, adverse complications and mortality.

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