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Baton Rouge General Adds POC Advisor from Wolters Kluwer to Reduce Sepsis

November 2, 2017 – Wolters Kluwer Health today announced that Baton Rouge General will deploy POC Advisor™, leveraging its clinical surveillance and analytics to reduce sepsis mortality and morbidity rates. The clinical intelligence platform will be a central component of the “Most Wired” hospital’s overall clinical and technology strategy.

“Using advanced technology is key to preserving and restoring health,” said Bennett Cheramie, Vice President of Information Technology at Baton Rouge General. “By making our front-line team members aware of patients with sepsis, POC Advisor will help us treat sepsis in its earliest stages.”

POC Advisor delivers accurate, real-time sepsis alerts and advice to clinicians at the point of care. The platform aggregates and normalizes patient data from disparate clinical systems and automatically analyzes the information using hundreds of rules that account for possible comorbidities and medication abnormalities, maximizing accuracy and preventing alert fatigue. POC Advisor has demonstrated unrivaled sensitivity (95%) and specificity (82%) of alerts as documented in a peer-reviewed study in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). The study also found that it reduced sepsis mortality by 50% and related 30-day readmissions by 30%, while also lowering lengths of stay. Today, it is the only sepsis solution scientifically proven to improve outcomes.

“Baton Rouge General has a national reputation for clinical excellence and has consistently been at the forefront of patient care,” said Sean Benson, Vice President and General Manager of Specialized Surveillance at Wolters Kluwer Health. “Wolters Kluwer is honoured that POC Advisor has been chosen to support the hospital in its ongoing provision of exceptional care.”

Rated by CareChex in the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide for overall medical care this year, Baton Rouge General has 588 licensed beds between two campuses, offering care from neonatal intensive care to hospice. In addition to multiple patient safety awards from Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades, Baton Rouge was named a 2017 “Most Wired” hospital by Hospitals & Health Networks. POC Advisor was chosen for its robust surveillance capabilities that exceeded those of its current electronic health record (EHR) system