Studies find clinical decision support key to improving patient safety

London, UK — (5 June 2013) — Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, is hosting a webinar with Health Services Journal (HSJ) that will discuss how clinical decision support (CDS) tools can improve patient safety and outcomes. The Francis Report has sharpened the focus on patient safety in an unprecedented way in the UK. Equipping healthcare professionals with access to the best quality evidence, guidance and protocols at point of care is instrumental role in optimising the quality of patient care.

There is a significant body of evidence from around the world to demonstrate that evidence-based clinical information delivered in real time can significantly improve patient safety. UpToDate® has been the subject of over 30 global research studies demonstrating that widespread usage of UpToDate answers clinical questions, changes decision making, and is associated with improved patient outcomes, quality of care, productivity savings and hospital performance.

Last year, UpToDate was the subject of a study published in Health Information and Libraries Journal[i] in which real clinical scenarios demonstrated how the use of evidence-based, clinical decision support at the point of care improves patient safety and outcomes. More than 90% of the 239 UK-based respondents who had used UpToDate identified at least one clinical benefit, including reduction in delayed treatment and improved treatment decision-making.

In 2011, researchers at Harvard University published a compelling study confirming that the use of UpToDate over a three year period was associated with improved quality of care, shorter lengths of stay (372,500 hospital days saved per year) and lower mortality rates (saving 11,500 lives per three year period).[ii]

“We are on a mission to improve the quality of healthcare around the world,” said Denise Basow, MD, Vice President/General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “By equipping doctors and clinicians with the most current, evidence-based research coupled with expert-authored recommendations for specific clinical decisions, lives are being saved and real progress is being made overall in terms of ensuring the safety and the quality of care patients receive at the bedside.”

Free HSJ Webinar: Using clinical decision support to improve patient safety

To learn more, healthcare professionals are invited to attend a webinar hosted by Health Services Journal to explore patient safety benefits of clinical decision support. It brings together an international panel of medical experts to offer their perspectives and to answer your questions about CDS and the future of patient safety in the NHS.

When: 12 June 2013

Where: HSJ TV