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Wolters Kluwer Releases New Quality Alignment Manager Inside ProVation Order Sets to Streamline Regulatory Compliance with National Quality Initiatives

The new feature will flag order sets that are not aligned with quality measures

Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today the release of Quality Alignment Manager, a comprehensive resource that assists healthcare organizations with compliance and adherence to evolving regulatory guidelines for performance. An enhancement to ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support, the new feature will flag order sets that are not aligned with quality measures and trigger alerts regarding needed edits or additions.

Rockford, Ill.-based SwedishAmerican served as a beta site for Quality Alignment Manager, leveraging the solution to identify potential gaps in quality measures compliance and to guide clinician editing of approximately 230 order sets. A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region's largest home healthcare agency.

"SwedishAmerican is committed to staying one step ahead of the national quality movement to ensure our patients receive the most effective and efficient care," said Micki Magoon, MSN, RN, Nursing Informatics Specialist, SwedishAmerican. "The new Quality Alignment Manager tool helps us streamline the process of identifying quality gaps for compliance in a complex and ever-evolving regulatory landscape."

Quality Alignment Manager offers a library of regulatory quality measures, including more than 50 National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures. Through an automated gap analysis and a set of customizable rules, the solution addresses the challenge that healthcare organizations face in keeping order sets up-to-date as national quality initiatives continue to expand and evolve. The system alerts healthcare organizations when order set content critical to quality measures is omitted or when content deviates from regulatory standards.

"Forward-looking healthcare organizations understand that compliance with national quality measures must be a priority to succeed within new pay-for-performance delivery models," said David Del Toro, Vice President and General Manager, Clinical Documentation, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. "The addition of Quality Alignment Manager to our award-winning clinical content management system—ProVation Order Sets—will help organizations overcome obstacles while navigating the multi-faceted regulatory landscape, as well as heighten care delivery through greater uptake of industry best practices."

A central component of a healthcare organization's care quality and core measures improvement strategy, ProVation Order Sets improves patient outcomes and quality of care by providing evidence-based order set templates co-developed with the editors of UpToDate. Customers achieve a return on investment through lower costs of care and the efficiencies of an intelligent clinical content management system. ProVation Order Sets also contains over 11,000 unbreakable links to UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 1 million users worldwide.

Quality Alignment Manager will be on display during the HIMSS Annual Conference, April 12-16, in Chicago at the Wolters Kluwer booth (#8103).

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About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer is a global leader in professional information services. Professionals in the areas of legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance and healthcare rely on Wolters Kluwer's market leading information-enabled tools and software solutions to manage their business efficiently, deliver results to their clients, and succeed in an ever more dynamic world.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2014 annual revenues of €3.7 billion. The group serves customers in over 170 countries, and employs over 19,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).

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