The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC – Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.A.) uses Allscripts EPSiTM to identify cost-saving opportunities while helping to improve overall care and patient experience. Using EPSi’s patient analytics and teaming up finance and physician expertise, it has identified two areas with potential cost-saving opportunities of $1.3 million: 1) Reducing unnecessary lab testing Certain laboratory tests have enough diagnostic accuracy to make other tests unnecessary. The UMMC team used evidence-based guidelines to identify and evaluate 21 redundant testing scenarios. “With a rich data set, we can fine-tune pathways and standard order sets for the clinical side,” UMMC Director of Finance Operations Bryan Clements said. “These tools help better prioritize decisions for patient issues, like unnecessary lab testing, which are also often cost issues, too.” 2) Identifying efficient and effective uses for medications UMMC also focused efforts on reviewing […]