Elsevier's Clinical Decision Support and E-Learning Solutions Offer Providers Quality-Focused Information and Analysis Tools

Diverse quality-oriented products and services boost clinical and business outcomes across the care continuum

Chicago, IL – 4 April 2009 – Elsevier, the leading global publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has a suite of tools designed to improve healthcare quality through enhanced clinical decision-making and problem solving at the point of care. Ranging from evidence-based medicine (EBM) offering brief, mid-length and full-length answers to clinical inquiries, to online training and drug decision support, to advanced predictive analytics, these tools streamline clinical workflow as they improve outcomes and enhance patient care quality.

“Elsevier is an authentic knowledge partner, anticipating clinicians’ needs across disciplines and providing accurate, evidence-based answers to their questions at any time within the workflow,” said Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer, Elsevier Health Sciences. “By tapping into Elsevier’s expansive range of solutions, healthcare professionals are in a prime position to improve patient care quality while boosting business and clinical outcomes.”

Providers’ need for tested, comprehensive information and analysis tools has intensified as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) puts a fresh focus on quality improvement and reporting, calling for an increased emphasis on evidence-based medicine, clinical decision support and performance measurement. Elsevier’s most significant product groups addressing clinician and healthcare business needs in this environment include:

Evidence-Based Clinical Content: Elsevier’s Consult suite and Gold Standard drug information products integrate knowledge into the EHR so nurses, physicians and pharmacists can make better clinical decisions within the workflow and at the point of care. A new partnership with Zynx Health combines Elsevier content with Zynx’s order sets to provide information and guides for physicians to take action.

Patient-Specific Predictive Analytics, Outcomes Analysis, Regulatory Compliance Solutions: Through MEDai, Elsevier delivers patient-specific, real-time predictive analysis to identify a patient’s risk for re-admission and hospital-acquired infection while the patient is still in the hospital. The MEDai Pinpoint product suite, including the newly launched Pinpoint Review offers clinicians greater insight at the point of care. Organizations benefit from retrospective outcomes analysis and regulatory compliance reporting, which supports and measures quality improvement.

Interdisciplinary Care Plans, Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines and Integrated Documentation: Elsevier’s CPM Resource Center delivers EHR-integrated Clinical Decision Support (CDS) that helps drive fulfillment and reporting of quality measures, while also improving the interdisciplinary culture of care, evidence-based practice, performance and patient outcomes.

Drug Decision Support and E-Prescribing: Elsevier’s Alchemy CDS modules evaluate patients’ drug regimens and deliver relevant, accurate alerts to help clinicians make fully informed decisions for optimal medication safety and efficacy. The eMPOWERx solution offered via hand-held device or PC allows clinicians to access complete patient medication histories, avoid adverse drug events and increase efficiencies by submitting scripts electronically, enhancing patient care through the consolidation, analysis and reporting of information vital to efficient, effective prescription writing.

E-Learning Competency and Staff Management Solutions: With integrated solutions that meet the training and professional development needs of nurses and other healthcare professionals, MC Strategies helps improve patient care quality, increase revenues and enhance clinical competence. Powered by a learning management system (LMS) designed specifically for hospitals, MC Strategies delivers solutions ranging from ReadyRN: Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness to Mosby’s Essential Nursing CE.

“In this era of unprecedented opportunity for health IT, Elsevier stands ready to work in the spirit of collaboration and partnership with hospitals, health systems, universities and pharmacies,” said Hansen. “Elsevier remains committed to anticipating clinicians’ needs across disciplines, providing timely, accurate, evidence-based answers to their questions within the workflow and facilitating quality assessments, improvements and reporting.”

Elsevier’s healthcare workflow solutions will be demonstrated at Elsevier’s booth (#3644) at the HIMSS conference in Chicago, April 4-8, 2009.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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