Medical breakthroughs and life-changing advancements happen all the time – and while this is paramount to enhancing our understanding of diseases, improving treatment best practices, and ultimately health outcomes, it poses one problem: it’s becoming virtually impossible for healthcare professionals to keep up. 

It’s estimated that medical knowledge now doubles every 73 days – compare that to 2010 when knowledge doubled every 3.5 years, there is simply no way healthcare professionals can keep pace without help. 

This is an issue that must be addressed, and technology is the way forward.

What is Medical Knowledge and Why is it Important?

Medical knowledge is the entirety of empirically-sound information based in both research and clinical practice. It is the understanding of both established and evolving epidemiological, clinical and socio-biomedical practices. 

The advancement of medical knowledge helps keep our clinical practices accurate, efficient, and overall more cost-effective due to lowered patient readmission rates. Above all, both patients and practitioners can feel assured that the best healthcare is being delivered. 

But medical knowledge is shifting and growing exponentially, and in order for healthcare professionals to stay current on treatment best practices, a large portion of their time would need to be spent focused on researching and learning about the latest developments. At the pace knowledge is advancing, that leaves little to no time for providing patient care. 

The good news: technology can help.

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The Pace of Medical Knowledge is Expanding at an Unprecedented Level

Medical advancements and medical knowledge improvements are crucial to ensuring our patients and most vulnerable populations receive the best healthcare possible. 

Without the advancement of medical knowledge, we can’t effectively treat patients and improve their quality of life. But how can healthcare professionals stay ahead of medical advances when the volume of information and rate it is changing is simply too vast and too complex for them to retain? 

This knowledge gap was made abundantly clear during the pandemic. Our understanding of the SARS-Co-V-2 virus, how it spread, and how it impacted the human body changed often – sometimes daily – and subsequently, so did treatment best practices. 

And that’s just one disease. 

Now imagine the sheer volume of information and treatment guidelines for the spectrum of diseases and health conditions that impact humans. Healthcare professionals have no chance – unless they leverage help from technology. 

Without technology, healthcare systems will become more inefficient and patient care will suffer. This costs everyone, primarily healthcare professionals who will:

  • Spend more time away from patients doing research
  • Doubt their ability to care for patients in the most effective way possible
  • Double back on their work
  • Risk misdiagnosing or mistreating due to lack of up-to-date information
  • Create workflow redundancies
  • Experience increased burnout 
  • Increase the already swelling cost of the healthcare system

It’s clear we need a solution that standardizes clinical processes and improves efficiencies. A tool that brings the latest evidence-based treatment best practices to the fingertips of healthcare professionals. 

Order Sets is that solution. 

Up-to-Date Medical Knowledge at the Point of Care

Order Sets is a technological solution that addresses clinical pathway bottlenecks, providing point-of-care access to the knowledge required to deliver the best quality healthcare, anywhere and anytime. Order Sets integrate the latest evidence-based treatment best practices for a vast range of health conditions, enabling healthcare professionals to deliver consistent patient care. By bringing the latest medical knowledge to the bedside, clinicians are empowered with evidence-based decision-making on the go, which helps improve efficiencies, while reducing errors and redundancies. 

Order Sets enables:

  • Access to the latest clinical research knowledge at the point of care, reducing errors and inappropriate ordering
  • Streamlined workflow management, giving clinicians more time with patients
  • Reduction in workplace errors
  • Access to a library of 1000s of reference order sets

Order Sets make it easier for clinicians to keep pace with the rapid rate of medical knowledge expansion. They can treat patients with confidence, knowing they’re leveraging the latest medical evidence and care recommendations. This supports seamless, patient-centered care, while reducing unwanted variation in care delivery.  The need to standardize care is more important than ever — doing so will improve the overall efficiency and efficacy of our healthcare system, improve patient outcomes and help alleviate clinician burnout.

Continuing Medical Education 

Another way healthcare professionals can stay abreast of new treatment guidelines and ensure they’re providing top-quality patient care is through online continuing medical education (CME) courses. MDBriefCase offers a variety of peer-reviewed CME courses on a range of diseases and health conditions to keep clinicians at the forefront of healthcare. From allergies to alopecia, COVID-19 to cancer, new courses are added regularly to address common ailments and emerging diseases healthcare must professionals must know about to keep patients safe.  

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To learn more about how Order Sets can help healthcare practitioners keep pace with medical knowledge, contact us today for a demo request.

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