Guest Column | February 11, 2016

How CDS Helps Standardize Quality Across A Care Network

Standardize Quality Across A Care Network

By Steve Oden, Senior Vice President of Products Operations, medCPU

Elevating overall quality in healthcare requires closing care gaps across all site-specific services. This undertaking requires IT’s key role of ensuring that information needed to close gaps is delivered uniformly at all points of care. With value­based models placing greater emphasis on care quality — ultimately determining a care network’s financial performance — IT is leading the charge in clinical decision support (CDS) systems.

Some CDS systems combine evidence­based best practices with a patient profile derived from EMR discrete data elements alone, as capturing data from narrative free-text documentation is technically challenging. However, partial patient information is, in part, responsible for delivering too many inaccurate care alerts leading to alert fatigue. Improving alerts through better information acquisition is vital to improved patient care, workflow, and uniform quality expected from a CDS system.

So what is any given CDS system really doing if its technology fails to capture and accurately read vital information? For a system to excel, it must receive and precisely comprehend all relevant information from each EMR involved in delivering patient care, and create a complete patient profile capable of generating precise alerts.

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