Episode 21: Reducing Clinical Variation for Better Patient Outcomes

Bo Bartholomew, CEO of EvidenceCare, explains how his company is disrupting healthcare by embedding resources directly into electronic medical records for patient protocols .

Bo Bartholomew wants to make it as easy as possible for doctors to access the evidenced-based protocols they need, right at the point of care. 

In his work at EvidenceCare, Bartholomew is doing just that, and he believes his company’s embedded protocols and resources may be the key to creating better patient outcomes and increasing hospital revenue. 

In part one of this two-part episode of How I Transformed This, Virsys12 founder and CEO Tammy Hawes and her co-host Clark Buckner talk with Bartholomew about the disruption EvidenceCare is creating. Bartholomew also explains why focusing on integrity will make American healthcare systems stronger. 

Improving Clinical Workflow

Like most innovative companies, EvidenceCare was founded to solve a major problem; Physicians don’t have time to stay up-to-date on the latest protocols and research in their field.  

“When a physician does not know exactly what to do, 90% of physicians will log out of their EMR and do a Google search to try to discover what they don’t know,” Bartholomew shared. “I would argue that, to keep up with a subspecialty, it takes over 160 hours a week of reading the latest journal articles and newest protocols. You just can’t keep up.” 

At its start, EvidenceCare was a content generation company that pulled together the latest evidence-based protocols in one place to make it easier for doctors. Today, their protocols are embedded directly into the electronic medical record.

“When doctors utilize their EMR, our protocols are simply there. They’re automated in the workflow, they show up, and if a doctor elects to, they can hover over the protocols, click on them, and they auto-populate the medical record,” Bartholomew explained. “So it takes all this work off the doctors.”

Not only does this improve efficiency for physicians, but research shows that proper protocols and pathways also drive better patient outcomes and reduce clinical variation. Additionally, when a doctor uses EvidenceCare’s protocols to auto-populate the EMR, it helps ensure payers have all the information they need.

As a result, EvidenceCare is helping providers deliver better care, better patient outcomes, and increased revenue, all while making doctors’ lives simpler instead of more complicated. 

Responding to COVID-19

In the midst of COVID-19, EvidenceCare has faced the same challenges that most startups are facing, but Bartholomew believes they’ll come out of the pandemic with a greater focus and preparedness for the future. 

“For the entrepreneurial community, this could be a real godsend, because if you come out of a season like this, you’re really set for the future,” Bartholomew argued. 

The company has also contributed to the nationwide American College of Emergency Physicians accredited COVID Protocol — a free program that helps hospitals standardize their COVID-19 responses. 

“We also have several products that allow for admission criteria to flow through and for hospitals to see their denial rates go down,” Bartholomew shared. “So we’re excited to be able to contribute to the health of our healthcare systems.”

Building a Foundation of Integrity

As Bartholomew looks ahead to what’s next for EvidenceCare and for the American healthcare system, he wants to help bring integrity and wholeness to the industry. 

“When you look across our country right now, there’s a lot of things that are broken, and a lot of things that need to be made whole again,” he explained. “I’m excited to help do my part. Whether it’s EvidenceCare or many other companies i’m on the board of or investing in, we want to make things whole again and bring the integrity of our system back, and hopefully along the way, the integrity of the leadership of each and every organization we touch.”

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