Information services provider, Wolters Kluwer Health has announced the launch of UpToDate Advanced, a guided clinical decision-making platform designed to help reduce clinical errors.
The software features interactive algorithms and lab monographs to give clinicians decision pathways that are continuously being updated. The software helps optimise decisions at the point of care by providing recommendations tailored to specific patients.
It’s estimated that clinical errors cost the NHS £1.6 billion every year and clinicians are now using evidence-based tools to help them optimise decisions.
UpToDate lets physicians streamline care at different points for interactive decision making, as well as Lab Interpretation which helps evaluate abnormal test results and decide what steps should be taken next. The Lab Interpretation feature lets acute trusts reduce unnecessary testing and help prevent missed diagnoses, and adverse patient outcomes. Examples include managing challenging lab results, such as unusually low blood sugar, with guidance designed for immediate action.
UpToDate Pathways include interactive decision-making tools that use contemporary evidence, clinical experience and patient-specific factors to help clinicians arrive at the best decision for their patients. The software features over 11,000 clinical topics, medical calculators and graphics within its pathways.
Dr Peter Bonis, chief medical officer, Clinical Effectiveness, Wolters Kluwer, said: “Clinical care variation is widespread, expensive, and it compromises the quality of care. By addressing care variation, healthcare organisations have the opportunity to improve health outcomes at lower costs. With UpToDate Advanced, acute trusts now have additional resources that can help curtail unwanted care variability with a patient-centred workflow that helps caregivers optimise their decisions.”