About: As healthcare organizations strive to meet standards for reimbursement, evidence-based resources are becoming increasingly more important for improving patient care and safety while decreasing costs. However, a gap still remains in what is known and what should be done in clinical practice, which can lead to costly errors.
This case study explores how clinical leaders can encourage physician adoption of clinical decision support solutions. Dr. Michael Patmas, chief medical officer of Woodland Healthcare, Woodland, CA, discusses how he successfully incorporated UpToDate, an online, evidence-based resource, into the culture of his organization. As a result, quality, margins, and utilization rates all improved. This included a direct variable costs decrease of 11 percent in the Emergency Department.
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