From Healthcare IT News:
When hospitals and health systems can reduce variation in care, it can save lives and reduce costs. The concept is getting a lot of attention from larger health systems today because unnecessary variation is bad for patients and causes wasted expense, but can be addressed with electronic health records systems and, most important, clinical pathways.
By embedding Epic’s clinical pathways tool into its EHR, for instance, health system Mercy saved $27 million and 480 lives. Pathways help the hospitals provide consistent, standardized care by outlining treatment for patients with common medical conditions and procedures. Pathways are divided into steps, based on timeframe or patient condition, which organize orders and clinical documentation.