Mastering the Science of Regulatory Compliance in Health Care

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on June 15, 2015

A law degree, along with years of practical experience under the guidance of a wise mentor, does help prepare a person to practice law, but it does not necessarily prepare someone to master the science of regulatory compliance, particularly in health care. For that reason, I have enrolled in Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies’ Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance program (nights and weekends for 2-5 years), with a focus on health care regulatory compliance. I’ve already selected a thesis topic: integrating health care regulatory compliance (such as the content found in Wolters Kluwer Law & Business’ ComplyTrack, Compliance Suite & Health Reform KnowlEDGE Center) into clinical decision support tools used by clinicians at the point of care (such as Wolters Kluwer Health’s UpToDate & ProVation Order Sets). Of course, my thesis advisors might advise selecting another topic. I view regulatory compliance as more than just preventive law. In the context of health care, it is about achieving optimal clinical outcomes at reasonable cost while complying with regulations. Read further >


Integrating CDS into Clinical Practice

Linda Peitzman
Written by Linda Peitzman
on June 05, 2015

Imagine an Internet without search engines. Valuable knowledge would remain lost in the virtual realm and the exchange of information would slow to a crawl. Truly, the connected world would operate much differently than it does today, particularly for those whose jobs rely on information and connectivity. Read further >


Huntsville Hospital’s Sepsis Fight

Stephen Claypool
Written by Stephen Claypool
on May 08, 2015

In my previous post, I discussed how a pilot study using our company’s clinical decision support (CDS) technology, POC Advisor™, was able to reduce a hospital’s sepsis-related mortality by 53 percent. One deciding factor in selecting the study location—Huntsville Hospital—was the 941-bed facility’s dedication to improving its performance. Over a six-month period, 9.5 percent of Huntsville’s patients with sepsis infection-related diagnoses died, compared to the national average of 8.5 percent. When the “Surviving Sepsis” campaign definition was applied, mortality rates increased to 38.5 percent for Huntsville and 19.4 for the national average during the same period. Read further >


Get your Game to Court – Virtual is the new Reality!

Kirsten van Engelenburg
Written by Kirsten van Engelenburg
on May 04, 2015

Lately I have been reading about developments in the gaming industry, especially on virtual reality (VR). There are tremendous changes coming up with the introduction of Oculus Rift, Gear VR, etc. Currently these devices are mostly directed to social networking and playing games or a combination of the two. But there is a major shift going on from “social” to “professional”. Read further >


Accelerating Adoption of Medical Evidence into Clinical Practice

Linda Peitzman
Written by Linda Peitzman
on April 13, 2015

Patients expect doctors to hold themselves to the highest standards, including an expectation that the care they provide is based upon the latest medical evidence and best practices. But while doctors work diligently to stay current with all of the changes in medicine, it is a nearly impossible task. The volume of clinical information is estimated to double every 3-5 years—while a physician’s capacity to recall and organize relevant medical information remains static. Read further >


Making Current Awareness for Professionals Actionable

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on April 03, 2015

I like Wolters Kluwer Health’s UpToDate‘s model of current awareness. Subject-matter experts in healthcare monitor articles in medical journals and results of clinical trials and incorporate into the evidence-based clinical decision support guidelines within UpToDate so that medical professionals’ decisions are truly up to date. Instead of merely presenting the most recent journal articles for reading – and there are hundreds of thousands every year – UpToDate presents a “comprehensive synthesis of the evidence.” In summary, UpToDate makes health and medical current awareness actionable. In my opinion, UpToDate is an inspirational model for current awareness for lawyers, accountants and compliance professionals. So how might UpToDate’s model of presenting practice-changing updates manifest in the tax, legal & regulatory space? Here are some examples: Read further >


Patient-Centric Decision Support to Battle Sepsis

Stephen Claypool
Written by Stephen Claypool
on March 23, 2015

Every doctor worries about missing a diagnosis that leads to a patient’s death. Even more upsetting is the knowledge that the data needed to save that life was in the patient’s record, but just out of the doctor’s reach. Such is usually the case with sepsis—the body’s often-fatal immune response to infection that can escalate rapidly and lead to organ failure and septic shock. Read further >


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