Clinical Decision Support: Maximizing Agency Resources Through Wiser Choices

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Karen Utterback By Karen Utterback 
Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, McKesson

Clinical Decision SupportThe ideas of clinical decision support (CDS) and evidence-based practices (EBP) are not new, but it’s now time to integrate these concepts into your homecare agency.

You can learn more by reading on, but I would like you to take a look at our new white paper, “Clinical decision support benefits and opportunities.”Co-author Carolyn J. Humphrey from CJ Humphrey Associates has long been an advocate of CDS and was part of an expert panel that helped us create the clinical management functionality of McKesson Homecare™.

The ultimate goals of CDS are to help inform healthcare decision-making, raise the quality of services and improve patient health. Additional benefits include:

  • Streamline workflow
  • Increase clinical accuracy
  • Increase clinician satisfaction and improve retention
  • Improve patient outcomes
  • Help maximize agency resources
  • Position the organization for new opportunities

Helping to maximize agency resources may not have been one of the first things you thought of when I raised the idea of CDS. You likely thought about clinicians being able to make care decisions using evidence- and research-based practices, which is certainly one of the cornerstones of CDS.

But imagine that your clinicians could reduce the total amount of time they spend completing patient assessments, formulating care plans and looking up diagnoses because all of the relevant information they need is at their fingertips. How could your agency use any time savings? New programming? Mentoring? Greater outreach?

An electronic medical record with integrated CDS also can help your QA staff, who likely are auditing a large percentage of charts. Imagine if they could focus just on exceptions because the care plans have been developed based on EBP. What value-added tasks could your QA staff take on? Data analysis? Business development?

We’re excited about using clinical decision support in the homecare environment, and we believe that you should be, too. Download our new white paper, “Clinical decision support benefits and opportunities” to learn why.

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