According to recent KLAS Report, providers are seeking outside vendors help for clinical decision support as they struggle to embed that content into their EMR and clinical workflows.
Although providers are able to leverage clinical evidence from third-party clinical decision support vendors, improvements with EMR and workflow integration are still needed, according to a new report from KLAS — Clinical Decision Support 2012: Order Sets, Care Plans, Drug Databases. The research addresses the challenges that providers have to stay current with a growing body of clinical evidence and then using it to affect decisions at the point of care.
”The focus of this report is what vendors are doing to address the challenges that providers have to stay current with a growing body of clinical evidence and then using it to affect decisions at the point of care,” says report author Coray Tate. “Order sets, care plans, and drug databases clearly play important roles in what healthcare reform is trying to accomplish. Realizing their benefit requires coordinated efforts from CDS and EMR vendors and, most importantly, determination on the part of providers.”
The study looks at how the three separate types of CDS tools interact with providers’ EMRs. It compares third-party vendors’ performance as well as the contributions of the different EMR solutions. Care plan and order set vendors include Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, and Zynx Health. Drug database vendors include Cerner Multum, First Databank, and Wolters Kluwer Medi-Span.
Key topics of the report include:
- Movement toward third-party solutions
- Order Set integration challenges decrease overall value
- Providers need more control over alerts
- EMR vendors need to be part of the solution
For more detailed information on each vendor’s performance and the KLAS report Clinical Decision Support 2012: Order Sets, Care Plans, Drug Databases, visit KLAS online at www.KLASresearch.com/reports.