Helping clinicians and patients benefit from advances in medical knowledge

Harnessing the power of information to transform patient care

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Medical knowledge is expanding exponentially. It is set to double every 73 days by 2020, according to a 2011 study in Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association .

At Elsevier, we’re helping hospitals and healthcare institutions around the world harness the power of that information to transform patient care.

For example, the staff at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the UK are aiming for recognition as a high-performing NHS Trust by 2020 for providing safe, high quality, effective care. When the team saw that better access to information would help achieve that goal, they turned to Elsevier’s ClinicalKey, a search engine designed to  provide evidence-based information for patient care, so that clinicians can make a judgment on best how to proceed.

The lobby of Blackpool Victoria Hospital – part of the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.

Dr. Lipsita Patnaik, an educational and clinical supervisor at the Trust, explained: “In the past, I would have to rely on numerous sources and go through multiple channels to access the evidence-based information I required.” That meant using standard search engines, where unreliable information was mixed in with dependable content, and pouring through hard copies of journals in the medical library.

Indeed, the challenge of obtaining current and credible information in a timely fashion was experienced across the Trust, which provides services for hundreds of thousands of residents as well as the millions of visitors to the seaside town of Blackpool.

Now, practitioners can access ClinicalKey on their smartphones and tablets, allowing them to draw on evidence-based information and reference the latest best practices and case studies at the point of care. It’s helping to build a culture of education while driving cost and time savings with multiple types of content from a single source. And with clinicians working from the most up-to-date resources, they can give the best possible care to patients.

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