Around the Globe: Automated Evidence-Based Practice Supports Nursing Workflow

Thursday, 16 July 2009: 4:05 PM

Jim Cato, EdD, RN, CRNA, CPEHR
Nursing, Eclipsys Corporation, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Learning Objective 1: Understand how automation of evidence based clinical practice guidelines contributes to patient safety and improved outcomes while supporting clinical workflow.

Learning Objective 2: Discuss how standardized evidence-based guidelines support global efforts to reduce unnecessary patient deaths and standardize proven methods of delivering safe-effective care in health systems.

Global healthcare has struggled recently as research, reports, and studies have indicated that too many patients are dying unnecessary deaths or experiencing negative outcomes as a result of broken or substandard processes of care delivery. In the U.S. alone, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and other agencies have identified that up to 100,000 lives could be saved annually through reengineered care delivery and adoption of standardized evidenced-based guidelines and protocols. 
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) developed initiatives in the 100,000 Lives and the 5 Million Lives campaigns that, if deployed by healthcare organizations, could significantly reduce or eliminate unnecessary patient deaths. Healthcare systems in the U.S., Canada, England and other countries are rapidly adopting these or similar initiatives.
The IOM report, supported by similar studies, demonstrate that deploying evidence-based care through standardized clinical practice guidelines and protocols is effective in improving safety and outcomes for patients. These reports also indicate that automation of care embedded within a clinical information system supports the most effective method of delivering evidence-based care.
This session will address global issues that contribute to poor patient outcomes and impact safety for both the patient and the clinician. Jim will provide contemporary views on evidence-based care, clinical practice guidelines and protocols and demonstrate how automated deployment of clinical guidelines embedded in a clinical information system can help standardize safe, effective care across the globe.
Using a detailed review of the literature/research results as the method analysis, Jim will demonstrate the benefits of using evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and alerts in an automated environment to improve quality and safety. To demonstrate that deployment of these measures is effective, the presenter will provide specific outcomes obtained in U.S. hospitals having implemented them in their clinical information systems.