Mercy Clinical Pathways Improving Quality and Cost
February 20, 2017 — 03:00PM EST - 04:00PM EST
Orange County Convention Center
Mercy’s heart failure pathway was fully implemented into the electronic health record with use of standardized order sets and clinical decision support triggers/criteria designed to facilitate specific patient outcomes. This pathway has shown improvements in quality, process and cost. Mortality has been reduced greater than 50%, diuretics are administered faster and direct variable cost per case is approximately $800 less on average for patients on the heart failure pathway compared to patients not on the pathway.
Discuss the necessary knowledge of the process of interdisciplinary standardized evidence based clinical pathway design, development and use within an enterprise wide electronic health record
Demonstrate that a focus on decreasing variation, evidence based medicine and improved patient outcomes when developing clinical pathways results in care that is also cost effective
Describe how pathways built into the electronic health record serve as valuable tools to support clinical decision support, evidence based practice, monitoring, change management and continuous process improvement