St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City Trusts UpToDate to Support Exceptional Standards of Care

December 2, 2014 – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City is among the first in the Philippines to adopt UpToDate®, the evidence-based clinical decision support resource used by over 850,000 clinicians worldwide.

Recognized by the Diplomatic Council as one of the best hospitals worldwide, St. Luke’s relies on UpToDate to play a central role in its efforts to consistently provide excellent medical care to residents and visitors to the Republic of the Philippines.

“To maintain our high standards for patient care, we recognized the importance of adopting UpToDate, providing our clinical staff easy access to the latest medical information as well as evidence-based recommendations for screening, diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Edgardo R. Cortez, President and CEO, St. Luke’s Medical Center.

With hospitals in Global City and Quezon City, St. Luke's Medical Center offers a state-of-the-art approach to healthcare that combines the expertise of locally and internationally trained doctors and medical professionals with industry-leading technologies. Part of an elite group of hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission International, St. Luke’s is also a teaching institution with its own college of medicine. In 2014, its hospitals were two of five selected worldwide to achieve accreditation from the Germany-based accrediting body TEMOS as a medical tourism destination, earning certification in Excellence in Medical Tourism and re-certification for Quality in International Patient Care.

In addition to hosting several international symposia and conferences each year to help more than 1,000 clinicians stay current on the latest advances in medicine, St. Luke’s continuously evaluates technologies to maintain clinical success rates on par with the best healthcare institutions in the world. UpToDate is a central component of this strategy, providing clinicians with point-of-care access to current and authoritative clinical information and actionable evidence-based recommendations on more than 9,000 topics in 22 medical specialties.

“We know that evidence-based medicine plays a central role in effective decision-making, so we wanted to ensure that all of our clinicians had access to current, accurate information at the point of care,” said Dr. Brian Michael I. Cabral, Assistant Vice President, Assistant Head of the Medical Practice Group and Assistant Medical Director, St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City. “UpToDate is an important reference that our team can rely on to help ensure that we provide the excellent care our patients deserve.”

St. Luke clinicians find UpToDate particularly helpful with unusual and complex cases, helping them make diagnoses and treatment recommendations with a high level of confidence. It is also used to prepare for patient meetings, for patient education and during all department conferences to review recent cases.

“I see UpToDate as a reflection of how 99% of doctors should ideally handle a given case – what our peers consider to be the current standard of care. Having this resource available enables us to see what ‘standard of care’ actually means in a particular situation,” said Dr. Cabral.

“UpToDate is committed to working with Filipino healthcare organizations like St. Luke’s to improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare by arming clinicians with the resources needed to improve decision-making at the point of care,” said Denise Basow, MD, Vice President and General Manager, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions.

To learn more about how UpToDate is making an impact at St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City, read the complete customer profile by clicking here: http://www.uptodate.com/home/st-lukes-medical-center.

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