A First for Premier Health: Clinical Pathways

Through the hard work of a host of physicians and nurses during the Innovate process, in March, Premier Health will be launching Clinical Pathways for acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation chest pain, and percutaneous coronary intervention. The Clinical Pathways are comprised of enhanced order sets, which organize orders and outcomes in various “steps,” based on time frame and patient condition. The pathways are built to improve adherence to evidence-based practices, including core measures and other care requirements. They include tools for nursing to document pathway outcomes and care plan goals focusing on the patient’s progression from admission through discharge, in order to improve value by reducing costs and improving outcomes. They are initiated by the physician upon patient admission, similar to previous order sets. Additional education will be forthcoming throughout the next month.

Premier Health is one of only a few systems utilizing this powerful new Epic functionality, and the first demonstrating such sophisticated integration with our quality programs.

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