July 15, 2024

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Advanced analytics provides a real-time window into clinician behavior and insights

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Real-time usage data drives clinician education

In her work with UpToDate® Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive modern healthcare system experience from UpToDate, Frey sees administrators using analytics to identify where they need to implement specific clinician education.

With previous versions of CDS data, healthcare systems could view reports on who within their institution was using UpToDate and which CDS topics they were accessing. With the more sophisticated, self-service tools of UpToDate Enterprise Edition, healthcare system leaders can obtain more precise guidance on how to develop educational programming, with the ability to view which topics are trending across the organization, the users’ roles, and their geographical location.

For example, professionals could use CDS analytics to plan in-service training to:

  • Improve efficiency and reduce provider frustration by proactively identifying and addressing clinical support needs of clinicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and other care team members.
  • Ensure effective formulary utilization by identifying and tracking care team education needs around formulary drugs.
  • Reinforce healthcare system policies and procedures based on topic search patterns.

Using data to help reduce care variability

Healthcare system-wide utilization of an evidence-based CDS solution helps unify care teams with access to the same trusted source of clinical guidance. That care team alignment leads to consistent and standardized care delivery, improving patient satisfaction and reducing potentially harmful variability throughout the healthcare system.

Advanced analytics offers new insights into care team behavior and clinical guidance utilization that empowers hospital administrators to proactively address potential sources of care variation. Previous approaches to using data analytics for care variation reduction use encounter data and past quality data to look for retrospective opportunities. With advanced analytics, administrators can engage with clinicians as they are providing care and share insights based on real-time data, with an opportunity to track the decision-making that potentially could lead to care variation.

Although these types of analytics are still developing, using data trend-tracking “to catch [a potential issue] at the forefront before it’s something that needs to be corrected, and then ultimately, to be able to improve patient outcomes, is the end goal,” Frey says.

Clinical analytics impact on population health

CDS analytics have been used to deliver value and a more complete story of population health trends to its users.

In 2020, public health agencies used search intensity data from UpToDate CDS to analyze COVID-19 outbreaks and gain insight into the potential of future regional increases of the disease.

In another example, a healthcare system noticed through its analytics reporting a sharp increase in clinicians searching for information related to red meat allergy. This is a symptom of Alpha-gal syndrome, a disease caused by tick bites. Seeing that spike in searches helped the care teams make the connection to a potential environmental and population health concern in their area and gave them the opportunity to proactively reach out to local providers with education on Alpha-gal and its treatment protocols.


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