UpToDate Launches Global Forum to Inform Clinicians on Power of Clinical Decision Support in Improving Care

Inaugural event in Mexico kicks off series, “Adopting Clinical Decision Support Systems: Mexico’s Experience Mirrors Efficiencies Seen Globally.”

Massachusetts, Waltham – (November 5, 2012) – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that UpToDate, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, successfully hosted a series of forums with eminent physicians in Mexico last week to discuss the power of clinical decision support (CDS) systems in improving patient care.

The presentations took place in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, and featured Dr. Oscar Aguirre Jauregui, Head of Pediatric Surgery at the OPD Hospital Civil “Fray Antonio Alcalde” and Professor at the University of Guadalajara; and Dr. Sandy Falk, a Senior Deputy Editor at UpToDate and Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School.

In his presentation, Dr. Aguirre shared insights gained from his hospital’s successful UpToDate implementation and emphasized the value of CDS to arm today’s clinicians with the most accurate and timely information to improve patient care. Attendees included dozens of key decision makers from some of the country’s top public hospitals, including doctors from Hospital General Centro Médico la Raza (IMSS, in Mexico city), Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias (INER, in Mexico city), Subdelegación Médica de la Delegación Poniente (ISSSTE in Mexico city), Hospital de Especialidades Centro Médico de Occidente (IMSS, Guadalajara), Hospital Angeles del Carmen (Guadalajara) and Hospital Universitario de Monterrey (Monterrey).

“The event was very helpful, particularly for those of us involved in continuing medical education or residency programs,” said Dr. Clotilde Guadalupe Ramírez Barragán, who practices at Hospital del Carmen Grupo Ángeles and is the President of the Jalisco Internal Medicine Association. “UpToDate is an essential tool for making the best possible diagnostic and treatment decisions, saving time, decreasing costs, and improving the quality of care we provide as doctors, whether in our institutions or in private practice.”

More than 600,000 clinicians in nearly 150 countries rely on UpToDate everyday to inform diagnostic and treatment decisions at the point of care. The in-person events were developed to share local success stories and discuss with clinicians firsthand how UpToDate improves patient care. By sharing his hospital’s story of success, Dr. Aguirre provided attendees with keen insights on the process of identifying, evaluating and implementing UpToDate. Attendees also asked critical questions such as: how UpToDate differs from other resources; how clinicians can be sure the content is trustworthy; and how applicable the content is to the Mexican healthcare environment.
“UpToDate is incredibly useful to my department, as well as to the entire institution, and we have already seen positive, tangible results,” said Dr. Aguirre. “UpToDate is a fast, reliable support resource that helps doctors determine a differential diagnosis, make treatment decisions, prevent complications, teach both medical students and residents on their various rotations, and prepare for conferences and presentations.”

“Clinicians around the world know they can rely on UpToDate to provide unmatched peer-reviewed, evidence-based recommendations at the point of care,” said Denise Basow, MD, President and Editor-in-Chief, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health. “We are pleased to host these events around the world and encourage all clinicians to embrace the power of clinical decision support systems to make better, smarter decisions that ensure the best outcomes for their patients.

Future UpToDate events will take place in Brazil, Germany and the UK. To learn more about the most recent forum in Mexico, please visit the UpToDate Facebook page: www.facebook.com/uptodateEBM