Nebraska Medicine will integrate the POC Advisor from Wolters Kluwer, Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, into clinical workflows to improve sepsis outcomes. POC Advisor uses real-time clinical surveillance and analytics to deliver accurate sepsis alerts and patient-specific treatment advice to clinicians at the point of care (POC).
“Despite medical and technical advances, the solution to sepsis continues to evade the medical community,” says Michael Ash, MD, chief transformation officer for Nebraska Medicine. “This is particularly frustrating for doctors, because we know that early diagnosis and treatment significantly increases the chance for survival.”
POC Advisor will initially be deployed in medical units with the highest sepsis incidence rates. Longer term plans call for the solution to be deployed hospitalwide.
“Leveraging POC Advisor from Wolters Kluwer lets us arm our clinicians with a clinical surveillance tool that will help them identify and treat septic patients as early as possible, which is critical to saving lives,” says Tammy Winterboer, PharmD, BCPS, director of clinical effectiveness and informatics at Nebraska Medicine. “Nebraska Medicine has always been committed to using the latest interventions to provide our patients with the highest quality care possible, and this decision reaffirms that commitment.”
Using automated real-time surveillance, POC Advisor aggregates, normalizes, and analyzes patient data from disparate clinical systems to deliver timely and accurate sepsis alerts and advice. Hundreds of rules are built into the platform to account for possible comorbidities and medication abnormalities, ensuring that alerts are both highly sensitive and specific. In a recent study, POC Advisor was found to reduce sepsis mortality and sepsis-related 30-day readmissions by 53% and 30%, respectively.1
“Nebraska Medicine has an impressive record of delivering the highest level of care and is committed to leveraging next-generation health IT tools to improve outcomes,” says Sean Benson, vice president and general manager of POC Advisor at Wolters Kluwer Clinical Software Solutions. “We are honored and excited that POC Advisor was selected to help achieve Nebraska Medicine’s objective of reducing sepsis mortality.”
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- Manaktala S, Claypool SR. Evaluating the impact of a computerized surveillance algorithm and decision support system on sepsis mortality. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017;24(1):88–95; doi: 1093/jamia/ocw056.