The era of modern medicine has produced groundbreaking discoveries that have helped save countless lives. But despite their value to patient care, these discoveries also place a heavy burden on providers and their organizations. A study published in 2011 estimated that as of 2010, medical knowledge began doubling every 3.5 years. By 2020, the doubling rate is expected to drop to approximately 73 days. This rapid rate of change has a significant influence on clinical processes. Today’s best practices may be outdated tomorrow. This, in turn, creates unnecessary variation in clinical processes and increases morbidity and mortality risks that can be avoided.
We want to pick-up from where we left off a couple weeks ago, which called attention to healthcare’s “Quiet Crisis” – a scenario in which clinical processes vary widely; are difficult to see into in near-real time; and, next to impossible to control and improve with EHR systems alone. One C-level clinician described the current state as ‘whack-a-mole’ healthcare. This environment is not conducive to clinical process control and improvement.