EBMeDS demonstrator project in Scotland
One in five people in Scotland have a long term health condition. Diabetes is the most significant chronic disease and it has been estimated that the annual economic burden of diabetes care in the UK is 23,7 billion £ (2011) representing 10 % of NHS spending. Better compliance with clinical guidelines, easier access to best available evidence and patient’s individual needs are provided with new clinical decision support system. Better outcomes and reduced costs are the key targets for the new evaluation.
The Digital Health Institute of Scotland will participate in the financing of a project consortium consisting of NHS Education for Scotland, University of Dundee and Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd to evaluate the feasibility of a clinical decision support system (EBMeDS®) in the diabetic care in Scotland.
Dr. Ann Wales, Program Director for Knowledge Management at NHS Scotland states:” Our strategy is to embed knowledge in care processes to create a generic decision support platform that links with clinical and care management systems at scale, to provide safe, personalized and localized support for people with multiple conditions”.
“We hope to demonstrate, that clinical decision support systems can improve clinical outcomes in our quest for safer and more reliable care across multiple care pathways”, says chief investigator, Dr. Debbie Wake, Integrated Care Clinical Fellow at NHS Tayside.
The results of the project, which is taking place at NHS Tayside and at NHS Lothian, are expected by the end of 2015.
Dr. Ann Wales
Dr. Debbie Wake
Mr. Timo Haikonen