Clinical Documentation

Advance for Health Information Professionals • January 2017

Minimizing Deviations Clinical decision support as an essential compliance tool By Juliana Hart, MPH Compliance with industry best practices and clinical guidelines has become increasingly essential to the financial wellbeing of hospitals and healthcare systems. To support goals ranging from eliminating waste to aligning care delivery with payment incentives, provider organizations publish clinical guidelines for good reason. Non-compliance can negatively impact the patient experience, patient safety and an organization’s bottom line. With the growing availability of intelligent clinical decision support (CDS) systems, provider organizations have necessary tools available to them for increasing adherence with clinical guidelines. While that’s not CDS’s sole purpose, advanced CDS systems can reference virtually any clinical guidelines and automatically prompt for, track and report compliance with them. This enables hospitals and health systems to minimize deviations from best practices in efforts to achieve more uniform C D S 14 ADVANCE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS / CDS JANUARY 2017 THINKSTOCK


Advance for Health Information Professionals • January 2017
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