Access clinical decision support where you need it most — in your workflow

The EHR has emerged as an integral tool in care delivery, serving as the home base for patient data, care decisions, orders, documentation, and more.

With so much of care delivery coordinated and captured within the EHR, the strategic placement of UpToDate within this workflow can be key to driving better outcomes by making access to clinical answers quick, convenient, and part of your regular workflow. Whether it’s though an embedded link or access to specific contextual content through an HL7 Infobutton, you can make the most of UpToDate when it’s in your EHR. And UpToDate’s content-focused partnerships can bring additional value to your care team.

Explore the benefits of embedding links to UpToDate in your EHR

When you integrate UpToDate into your EHR, you bring trusted clinical decision support even closer to the point of care, supporting improved outcomes and increased satisfaction. Whether you’re developing recommendations for a patient, evaluating a lab result, or providing patient education, integration brings evidence-based answers into the workflow. Plus, you can accrue CME/CE/CPD credits through searches conducted through your EHR links to UpToDate.

Watch a brief video with Dr. Peter Bonis, Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Effectiveness, Wolters Kluwer, that explores how the integration of clinical decision support and electronic health records can help improve care today.

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Users said that having links to UpToDate in their EHR:

UpToDate Workflow Integrations

Embedding links to UpToDate within your EHR/EMR gives clinicians access to more than 11,800 topics in 25 specialties. 

Whether the goal is treatment recommendations, getting information on a lab result, or providing patient education, integration brings the answers clinicans need into the workflow at the point of care.

Source: July 2015 clinician survey, n=2,526

System requirements

UpToDate integration requires an appropriate license and is not available in all markets. UpToDate has collaborated with a select number of EMR/EHR vendors and is currently evaluating making its tools available to a broader audience of partners. UpToDate will notify the partner community as these APIs become available.

For more information on integrating UpToDate into your EHR in the United States and Canada:
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Access UpToDate through:

  • Allscripts®

    Embedded search link
    Embedding UpToDate into Allscripts enables clinicians to get answers to their clinical questions within the clinical workflow. Allscripts Enterprise and Sunrise customers can set up links on the vertical toolbar on the left and the horizontal toolbar on the top. In Allscripts, the UpToDate link can be made accessible from every screen.

    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    With single sign-on, clinicians log into Allscripts and can earn free AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AANP contact hours when conducting an UpToDate search through Allscripts.

  • Cerner®

    Embedded search link
    The UpToDate free-text search link can be embedded into the Cerner Organizer top toolbar, making it easy to quickly search for a topic without opening a patient's chart.

    HL7 Infobutton

    • Tailored searches of UpToDate content relevant to a specific patient’s diagnosis, problems, medications, labs and other custom components
    • Support EHR's efforts to meet Promoting Interoperability requirements through linked clinical decision support.

    UpToDate HL7 Infobutton in the Patient Chart
    Clinicians highlight the relevant clinical term and select the HL7 Infobutton to automatically send that clinical term along with patient contextual information to UpToDate. The search results are displayed in an UpToDate results page, with continued access to all UpToDate content.

    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    With an embedded link, clinicians may earn free AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AANP contact hours with all searches.

    Physician satisfaction
    “We've integrated UpToDate into Cerner Millennium EMR across our entire network. This has been successful and delivers a seamless means of accessing clinical information just when it’s needed — during patient care. Our utilization is high because of the great content and our clinicians appreciate the CME program.”

    Neil Kudler, MD
    Medical Director, IT Services, Baystate Health, Springfield, MA

  • eClinicalWorks

    Embedded Search Box
    Accessing UpToDate through eClinicalWorks enables clinicians to get answers to their questions within the clinical workflow. Single sign-on enables eClinicalWorks clients to access UpToDate in one click. Just enter a search term in the UpToDate search box and access UpToDate search results. Just one click for easy return to the patient chart.

    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    With the UpToDate link, clinicians may earn free AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AANP contact hours when conducting an UpToDate search through eClinicalWorks.

    Quick implementation
    “I’d give our UpToDate integration into eClinicalWorks the highest rating possible. Implementation was as easy as flipping a switch and our physicians and interdisciplinary team love it.”

    Greg L. Wolverton, FHIMS
    Chief Information Officer, ARcare/Kentucky, Care Augusta, AR

  • Epic®

    UpToDate Free Text Links from Epic
    Users can perform a free-text search to UpToDate, making it easy to quickly search for any topic from the left and/or top health link tool bar.

    HL7 Infobutton

    • Tailored searches of UpToDate content relevant to a specific patient’s disease, condition, medication, lab results, age and gender
    • Support EHR's efforts to meet Promoting Interoperability requirements through linked clinical decision support

    With UpToDate interfaced with Epic via HL7 Infobutton, UpToDate content can be accessed from the following Epic EHR locations:

    • Problem List
    • Health Maintenance
    • Clinician Order Entry
    • Chief Complaint
    • Allergies Activity
    • Manage Orders Activity
    • Orders Navigator Section
    • Medications Activity
    • Results Review Activity
    • SmartSets, Order Sets, and Pathways
    • Vitals Navigator Section
    • Medications and Orders Navigator Section

    Integrated Patient Education
    Access to patient education is made simple. Easily integrate leading patient education content into your Epic workflow.

    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    With the UpToDate CME link, clinicians may earn free AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AANP contact hours.

    Physician satisfaction
    “Installation was very easy. It literally took a couple of hours for one person to get it all working.”

    David C. Kaelber, MD, PhD, MPH
    CMIO, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

  • Intersystems TrakCare

    Search Options and Available Access Points
    Provides free-text search of UpToDate directly from a search box available in the TrakCare Patient Banner.

    Quick Search with Context – Using TrakCare InfoLink
    Provides free-text search for professional, patient, or graphics content from an UpToDate icon link in the TrakCare Patient Banner. Associated contextual patient information such as age may improve search results.

    Targeted Search – Using TrakCare InfoLink
    Provides relevant topics from a multilingual search term and patient contextual information. Access points include Diagnosis Entry - Diagnosis List - Diagnosis History, Problem List, Allergy List, Test Item Lists (Lab/Procedure), Order Lists, Medication List (Generic Name), and Generic Term List.

    Targeted Search – Using HL7 Infobutton
    Provides relevant topics from a coded medical term, English search terms and patient contextual information using International standards based HL7 Infobutton. Access points are identical to those use for above InfoLinks.

  • MEDITECH®

    HL7 Infobutton

    • Tailored searches of UpToDate content relevant to a specific patient’s diagnosis, lab results and medication
    • Support EHR's efforts to meet Meaningful Use / Promoting Interoperability requirements through linked clinical decision support

    HL7 Infobutton links to UpToDate from MEDITECH’s Patient Record
    A right click on the Infobutton located next to a term in the Problem List, Medication Panel, or Lab Panel screen will automatically send that clinical term and source information (problem, lab, medication) along with patient contextual information to UpToDate. The search results are displayed in an UpToDate results page, with continued access to all UpToDate content.

    Integrated Patient Education
    Access to patient education is made simple. Easily integrate leading patient education content into your MEDITECH workflow.

    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    With an embedded link, clinicians may earn free AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AANP contact hours with an HL7 Infobutton or Referential search.

    Physician satisfaction
    “UpToDate integration in MEDITECH is an absolute time saver. It’s so easy to use. You just right click and you’re there. It’s the easiest electronic initiative out there.”

    Stacey Johnson, MD
    Hospitalist, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Beaufort, SC

  • NextGen®

    Embedded Link
    Embedding a link to UpToDate into NextGen enables clinicians to get answers to their clinical questions within the clinical workflow. NextGen customers can set up a link to UpToDate in the left navigation bar in the NextGen Patient Chart.

    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    With single sign-on, clinicians log into NextGen and may earn free AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AANP contact hours when conducting an UpToDate search through NextGen’s Patient Record.

    Efficient, quality care
    “UpToDate integrated into NextGen is timesaving and improves the quality of care I provide. It makes access to the most up-to-date clinical information seamless and easy. I love it.”

    Felix F. Carpio, MD, MPH
    Medical Director, Clinical Informatics, AltaMed, Los Angeles, CA

Partnering with other clinical resources to support your care team

Wolters Kluwer is a leading provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Wolters Kluwer's complementary offerings seamlessly integrate with the clinical workflow to support improved patient care and clinician satisfaction.

Pharmacy One Source Sentri7

Sentri7 is a real-time patient surveillance system that increases healthcare interventions, improves outcomes and quality performance, and prevents harm.

If your organization uses both UpToDate and Sentri7, you can integrate them so that the search bar of Sentri7 will also return results for UpToDate. For more information visit the Sentri7 website.

Ovid

With Ovid, your care teams can search Ovid MEDLINE®, evidence-based guidelines, and your institution's key clinical full-text journals, books and databases — all in a single search. If your organization subscribes to both UpToDate and Ovid, users of both programs will benefit. Within UpToDate abstract pages, an Ovid Full Text link will appear whenever the full text of an article is available through your hospital's Ovid subscription. And, within Ovid, a single search will include UpToDate content. For more information visit the Ovid website.

VisualDx®

With an institutional license for both VisualDx® and UpToDate, the two solutions are integrated so that your team gets added support when diagnosing patients with a extensive library of medical images illustrating visible symptoms, as well as a tool for rapidly building differential diagnoses. When Visual Dx images are related to a condition, you’ll see an orange icon in your UpToDate search results or in the References section of a topic. This means you won’t have to hunt through textbooks for pictures, saving the limited time you have to spend with your patients. If you don't have a VisualDx license but would like a free 90-day trial, or you have a question about using VisualDx with UpToDate, please call VisualDx at 1-800-357-7611.