The VHA is the largest healthcare system in the United States with more than 306,000 full-time clinicians and support staff who care for nine million veterans each year at 172 medical centers and more than one thousand outpatient clinics.
With the expansion of the relationship into a national agreement, all VHA clinicians can now use UpToDate Advanced. With interactive UpToDate Pathways decision making algorithms, clinicians can arrive at the best decisions for their patients in view of contemporary medical knowledge, clinical experience and patient-specific factors. UpToDate Pathways will aid the VHA to target over 60 common medical conditions associated with unwanted clinical variability.
UpToDate Advanced’s Lab Interpretation will assist subscribers in reducing unnecessary medical tests, preventing missed diagnoses, and identifying adverse patient outcomes.
Supporting the VHA’s multidisciplinary approach to care known as “Patient Aligned Care Teams” (PACT), UpToDate Advanced joins several resources from Wolters Kluwer currently leveraged by the VHA across the continuum of care:
- Lexicomp® Online for Dentistry
- Ovid® medical research platform including Lippincott Journals (Total Access Collection including over 300 medical and nursing journals), Ovid MEDLINE®, clinical resources and ebooks
Wolters Kluwer digital technology and expert solutions also support the VHA in its role as the nation's largest provider of graduate medical education and as a major contributor to medical and scientific research. The VHA has over 120,000 trainees in more than 40 health professions including:
- 41,000 physician residents
- 23,000 medical students
- 27,000 nurse trainees
- 27,000 other associated health disciplines