Magazine Article | August 21, 2015

Driving Better Outcomes With CDS/Evidence-Based Medicine

Source: Health IT Outcomes

By Scott Westcott, Contributing Writer

Seeking to deliver the best and most cost-effective patient care, healthcare providers such as Community Medical Centers are tapping clinical decision support (CDS) technology to develop an evidence-based approach to care.

For Community Medical Centers, converting medical records to an EHR format was the first step on its digital journey. Now the challenge the Fresno, CA-based health system is embracing is how to leverage technology, information, and data in ways that improve efficiency and productivity while delivering optimal — and cost-effective — patient care.

To that end, Community Medical Centers has been moving toward an evidence-based approach, integrating CDS tools into their care plan and patient education activities. The approach blends new technology with process and behavior change management initiatives.