Wolters Kluwer Health is launching a solution intended to support clinicians in making decisions and encourage fewer variations in care through the use of clinical pathways.

The product, UpToDate Advanced, enables clinicians to use interactive clinical decision making so they can streamline care at different points of the care delivery process.

Executives of the company say they expect the product to help physicians deliver personalized, patient-specific care while helping to limit variations in care.

“Clinical care variation is widespread, expensive and it compromises the quality of care. By addressing care variation, healthcare organizations have the opportunity to improve health outcomes at lower costs” says Peter Bonis, MD, the company’s chief medical officer of clinical effectiveness. “With UpToDate Advanced, providers now have additional resources that can help curtail unwanted care variability with a patient-centered workflow that assists caregivers to optimize their decisions.”

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The company says UpToDate Advanced guidelines will be continuously updated with decision pathways that optimize decisions at the point of care by providing recommendations tailored for specific patients. It includes two components for care delivery and lab result interpretation.

Wolters Kluwer Health says UpToDate Pathways are interactive decision-making tools that help clinicians arrive at optimal decisions for their patients in view of contemporary evidence, clinical experience and patient-specific factors. The pathways are built on the evidence and graded recommendations found in UpToDate—more than 11,000 clinical topics, medical calculators and graphics from UpToDate were used to develop pathways.

Pathways target common medical conditions with well-established variability that can be avoided. These conditions tie to national and international quality measures and the most-searched UpToDate topics among the more than half a billion topics viewed annually by 1.5 million physicians around the world.

“As an organization, reducing variations in the care we provide is essential to our efforts to improve patient safety, clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction,” says Keith Griffin, MD, CMIO for Novant Medical Group, a network of approximately 2,500 physicians. “Today, we contend with conditions with increasingly complicated patient management options such as diabetes and atrial fibrillation. UpToDate Advanced guides our physicians to the most appropriate clinical decisions for each patient.”

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