Parul Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, a constituent college of Parul University and recognised by National Medical Commission, today announced its association with Wolters Kluwer. As a part of this collaboration, Wolters Kluwer has deployed its Clinical Decision Support Systems, at its institute to further enhance the quality of their evidence-based care delivery. The three products that have been deployed by the institute are UpToDate, UpToDate Advanced and Lexicomp.
Medical education is unique due to accuracy of information required, rapidly evolving competences needed, and alternative methods of education used. Medical professionals across all levels – undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional development – have the need for tailored education, and enhanced skills to improve healthcare delivery. A clinical decision support system (CDSS) analyses evidence-based health information to assist healthcare providers in making decisions and improving patient care.
To make quality care more accessible and enhance the knowledge of using technology in healthcare to improve patient outcomes, Parul University, has chosen UpToDate and Lexicomp as a partner of choice for its institute. Wolters Kluwer will conduct regular workshops to equip the students and faculties on the effective use of these products for better patient care.
The clinical decision support systems (CDSS) provide clinicians with verified information within a few clicks, facilitating faster diagnosis. With CDSS, doctors can bookmark topics for easy access to information when they need it. It improves patient outcomes and results in better quality health care. A CDSS alerts the doctors to potential problems that can be easily resolved. It supports clinicians while making complex clinical decisions.
Speaking on the collaboration, Dr Geetika Madan Patel, Governing Body Member & Medical Director, at Parul University, said, “With the deployment of advanced technologies like UpToDate, UpToDate Advanced and Lexicomp, the emphasis is on making the students proficient in evidence-based medicine. Its aim is all round skill development of the students with the knowledge of newer technologies used in the medical field to improve the quality of patient care. This will also help to develop multi-speciality competence in the students.”
According to Mr Harish Ramachandran, Country Head – India and SAARC, for the Clinical Effectiveness division at Wolters Kluwer, “The integration of UpToDate, UpToDate Advanced and Lexicomp is integral at the institutional level as it ensures the practice of evidence-based medicine at every stage of patient care. Even though medical clinicians are equipped with proper training and education of their field, facilitation of right updated analytical tools and resources is important to leave no scope for human errors. CDSS enhances clinical productivity, reduce the margin of errors, and helps in delivering better quality of healthcare.” (Quote)
CDSS is intended to enhance care quality, prevent errors or adverse events, and enable medical students to be more efficient in the years to come and will equip them with the best outcome. CDSS for medical education will find its unique position in education practice in the years to come. Developing effective solutions to reduce this disruption in medical education, may be accomplished through online training and virtual clinical experience followed by hands-on training in a safe environment.
By providing students with comprehensive medical education and sufficient clinical experience through CDSS tools like UpToDate, we can help prevent medical errors.