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10 Innovative Clinical Decision Support Programs

What provides the smarts behind an advanced implementation of electronic health records? Clinical decision support systems. It may be time to revisit your CDS vendor options.
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Wolters Kluwer Health has two brands in the CDS realm: the UpToDate knowledge base and ProVation Order Sets, offering evidence-based clinical content and software for care plans.

Founded in 1992 and sold to Wolters Kluwer in 2008, UpToDate now indexes 9,000 topics in 19 medical specialties, including a recently released module for general surgery. Still run as a semi-autonomous company, UpToDate claims to have more than 450,000 clinician users in 149 countries.

ProVation is the software that puts medical evidence into clinical practice. As previously reported by InformationWeek Healthcare, ProVation has "done most of the legwork so that the order sets and UpToDate content can be integrated into your hospital's [EHR and CPOE] systems, using standards such as HL7 and InfoButton API, and the right terminology, including SNOMED CT, RxNorm, LOINC, CPT, and ICD-9."

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PeterO785
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1/4/2014 | 8:24:17 AM
re: 10 Innovative Clinical Decision Support Programs
Good article but more decision support tools should be considered: VisualDx, GIDEON, IBM Watson, DxMate, SimulConsult, Symcat or a couple of others.
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5/8/2012 | 7:55:32 PM
re: 10 Innovative Clinical Decision Support Programs
Larry Weed has been doing Clinical Decision Support longer than many of us has been alive. Some of his ideas are so integral now that we forget how revolutionary they were back in 1968 when he first publicized SOAP notes in the the Problem Oriented Medical Record.

He is a giant. If we can see further it is by standing on his shoulders.

Tim Richardson, PT
www.PhysicalTherapyDiagnosis.c...
Lisa Henderson
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Lisa Henderson,
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12/19/2011 | 7:48:35 PM
re: 10 Innovative Clinical Decision Support Programs
Some really good apps, but I love the background story on this one. Probably wouldn't happen in the U.S. though, money before innovation.

Lisa Henderson, InformationWeek Healthcare, contributing editor
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