Epic developing CDS tool for patient falls

Today, President Obama is hosting the White House Conference on Aging, a symposium for national leaders to discuss issues Americans face when planning for retirement, caring for older patients and improving quality of life. A release from the White House outlines public and private sector actions and initiatives within the sphere of aging, one of which comes from Verona, Wis.-based Epic Systems.

Epic is developing a clinical decision support tool for falls assessments that will be made available to its EHR clients. The CDS tool will incorporate the CDC's falls prevention tool STEADI, Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries, to help providers screen for falls, reduce the risk of falls through intervention and provide follow-up care.

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente plans to implement STEADI across all of its regions.

"In a year that marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to recognize the importance of these programs, highlight new actions to support Americans as we age and focus on the powerful role that technology can play in the lives of older Americans in the decade ahead," the White House said.

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