HIMSS15 Trade Show Vendor Highlight: Wolters Kluwer

In this series, we are featuring some of the thousands of vendors who will be participating in the HIMSS15 conference and trade show. Through it, we hope to offer readers a closer look at some of the solution providers who will either be in attendance – with a booth showcasing and displaying key products and offerings – or that will have a presence of some kind at the show – key executives in attendance or presenting, for example.

Hopefully this series will give you a bit more useful information about the companies that help make this event, and the industry as a whole, so exciting.

Elevator Pitch

Wolters Kluwer’s Clinical Solutions provides integrated and comprehensive solutions in clinical decision support, drug information, patient surveillance, disease management and intuitive documentation, terminology and coding solutions at the point of care. Serving more than 150 countries worldwide, clinicians rely on Wolters Kluwer’s market leading information-enabled tools and software solutions throughout their professional careers from training to research to practice. Our offerings bridge multiple care settings, including hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, physicians’ offices and retail pharmacies, and are integrated via common processes, systems and highly motivated and experienced people.

Market Opportunity & Problems Solved

Physicians struggle with the growing amount of data pouring into clinical systems and must often act upon more information than any one person can handle. In addition to EHRs, clinicians must make sense of information from multiple, disparate systems, including labs, pharmacies and others. The first solution to emerge from Wolters Kluwer’s Innovation Lab is POC Advisor, a comprehensive platform that aggregates, normalizes and codes patient data and runs it against clinical scenarios to deliver actionable, evidence-based advice at the point of care. The first application of POC Advisor aims to reduce the mortality and morbidity of sepsis (septicemia), a disease which claims an estimated 750,000 lives in the U.S. alone and costs hospitals $20 billion annually, making it the most expensive condition in the country.

A significant contributor to the negative outcomes involving sepsis – often the result of delayed or improper diagnosis that can rapidly lead to a cascade of events culminating in organ failure and death – is the siloing of crucial data in disparate clinical information systems. The inability of physicians to access and process the entirety of a patient’s data, forces them to make critical decision based on fragmented evidence. By utilizing a patient’s complete information, POC Advisor alerts care provides to potentially septic patients allowing clinicians to begin treatment long before the condition becomes life threatening.

In addition to the Sepsis Module, the Innovation Lab has already started work on applying POC Advisor to MEWS (Modified Early Warning Score) and future applications are expected to include heart disease, pneumonia, diabetes, CLABSI (central line associated bloodstream infection) and CAUTI (catheter associated urinary tract infection). Leveraging health IT to disseminate patient-specific, actionable, clinical knowledge across the care continuum results in a higher quality of treatment and more complete care. Ultimately, POC Advisor exemplifies Wolters Kluwer Health’s goal of providing an integrated suite of services designed to improve triple aim initiatives.

Services Offered

Clinical Solutions fills the significant gap that exists in clinical systems with integrated point of care clinical decision support, drug information, patient surveillance, disease management and intuitive documentation, terminology and coding solutions that embed seamlessly into clinical and pharmacy workflows. We bring together deep original content, advanced clinical knowledge management and best-of-breed applications to deliver high clinical value through improved care quality, patient safety and clinical productivity. Our domain experts work closely with highly specialized software engineering teams, process-driven service teams and consultative sales professionals to ensure a very positive customer experience with world-class, market-leading products.

Clinical Solutions is composed of 4 functional operating units and our research arm, Innovation Lab.

Clinical Decision Support
UpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource which clinicians trust to make the right decisions at the point of care. More than 5,700 world-renowned physician authors, editors and peer reviewers use a rigorous editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality. More than 850,000 clinicians in 164 countries and almost 90% of academic medical centers in the U.S. rely on UpToDate.

Clinical Documentation
ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, is an easily customizable order set authoring and management solution that provides flexible integration into clinical processes to streamline the delivery of standardized care for improved patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance. ProVation Order Sets offer automatic linking to the superior clinical decision support content of UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 700,000 clinicians worldwide.

ProVation MD provides Best in KLAS software solutions for ambulatory surgery centers, hospitals and health systems that streamline point of care procedural documentation across multiple specialties, while improving the accuracy of medical coding to accelerate revenue recovery. Driven by deep medical content, ProVation MD leads clinicians quickly and efficiently through the documentation process with intuitive navigation that produces complete coding-ready and image-enhanced documentation.

Clinical Drug Information
Lexicomp provides drug reference and data solutions for the healthcare industry, featuring trusted drug information that is accessible online, on the latest Smartphone/PDA devices and through integration with health information systems. Pharmacists, physicians, nurses and dentists worldwide depend on its comprehensive, point of care information to enhance medication safety, improve patient outcomes and increase efficiency.

Medi-Span provides prescription drug information and drug interactions database solutions for thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide. With more than 35 years of experience, Medi-Span offers authoritative adverse drug reactions information and drug contraindications data in a variety of formats, including clinical decision support and disease suite modules, application programming interfaces and stand-alone software applications.

Clinical Terminologies & Surveillance
Pharmacy OneSource solutions help clinical leaders at more than 1,200 healthcare organizations, including more than 70 of the top 100 hospital networks, efficiently achieve their goals of improving patient safety, clinical outcomes and financial performance.

Health Language provides leading healthcare terminology management solutions and professional services that normalize all data within a healthcare organization into standardized code sets such as ICD-10, SNOMED CT and LOINC. By establishing a data infrastructure in which disparate information is fully integrated, advanced Language Engine and supporting tools enable healthcare providers and payers worldwide to simplify the management and analysis of critical patient, financial and operational information.

Innovation Lab

Innovation Lab is focused on developing next-generation products that solve customers’ problems and add value to their organizations. Following a carefully defined research and development process that includes engaging customers to test concepts and provide feedback on emerging ideas, Innovation Lab accelerates the innovation process by quickly iterating on product concepts without the constraints of a fully commercialized product. The initial focus is on development of an integrated disease management platform that brings together all of the systems necessary to impact care, including content, applications and change management services to increase quality while lowering costs.

Booth Number


Sean Benson
Sean Benson

Key Executives at Conference:


Wolters Kluwer traces its roots back to 1836 when Jan Berend Wolters opened a small book shop and publishing house in Groningen, Netherlands. Wolters Kluwer Health Inc. became incorporated in 1978 and in 1987, Wolters Samsom Group and Kluwer merged to become Wolters Kluwer.

Number of full-time employees

Wolters Kluwer provides IT solutions designed by clinicians, for clinicians. Its healthcare products are supported by an in-house staff of 91 physicians, 56 pharmacists and 26 nurses and reimbursement and coding experts along with a 5,100-member external medical content authoring network. Company-wide, Wolters Kluwer employs a professional staff of approximately 19,000 throughout the world.


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Number of Previous HIMSS Conference Appearances

Wolters Kluwer has maintained a presence at HIMSS Conferences since 2003.

Specific Reason for Attendance

Wolters Kluwer plans to unveil the results of the an on-going pilot study aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of sepsis (septicemia) at Huntsville Hospital, a 941-bed hospital in Alabama, using POC Advisor. Early data have shown a reduction in 30-day readmission, in-hospital mortality and the average cost of inpatient stay over a six-month period. Huntsville Hospital’s Director of Quality, Joycelyn Craighead, RN, MSPH, CPHQ, and Clinical Solutions’ Medical Director and Vice President of Clinical Development and Informatics, Stephen Claypool, MD, will present the study’s findings and discuss its future potential in the fight against sepsis and other diseases.

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