While it’s always been critical, the pandemic has intensified the importance of improving patient care. When the world doubled-down on digital technology in 2020, hospitals and healthcare systems needed to rethink the ways they saw and treated patients. In order to streamline communication among patients and clinicians, technology solutions must be incorporated at nearly every step of the patient journey.
Why are Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tools necessary?
In 2016, American health care spending totaled $3.3 trillion
Approximately 30% of this spending is wasted on unwarranted tests and procedures.
About 45% of patients in the United States do not receive the standard of care, and this is true across socioeconomic subgroups, settings and specialties.
Patients are receiving incorrect, imprecise medical management. This leads to patient harm, such that medical errors are now considered the third leading cause of death in the United States.
What are the benefits of Clinical Decision Support tools?
Technology and communication go hand-in-hand, but the industry is still struggling with this concept. Nurses, doctors, healthcare staff and other clinicians must work collaboratively in order to facilitate the best possible care for patients, specifically at the point-of-care. Studies have proven that these tools improve clinical practice if they were incorporated into the workflow and give specific recommendations.
The right CDS tool:
Gives the clinicians access to up-to-date information and user-friendly technology from their own smartphone
Integrates with the organization's workflow
Improves collaboration across the healthcare system
Increases the quality of patient care
Guides clinicians through the process of diagnosis and treatment
Gives specific recommendations for next steps, while providing explanations for each recommendation.
Platforms like AvoMD maximize the quality and efficiency of patient communication during point of care and allow physicians to make informed decisions rather than passive decisions.
The technology transforms clinical guidelines, pathways and workflows into software that is digestible and updated in real-time for clinicians, allowing them to enhance and standardize care while providing on-demand educational support. The apps also enables cross-collaboration for provider organizations through customized guideline building and standardization.
While the pandemic has created unthinkable suffering across the world, it has also accelerated the healthcare industry to rethink what worked in the past and consider new technologies to improve the quality of patient care.