Healthcare institutions create increasingly large amounts of clinical knowledge assets. These assets represent a diversity of clinical data and information, such as terminologies and vocabularies, clinical guidelines, rules, order sets, nursing pathways, treatment protocols, reports, complex decision support (CDS) algorithms, policies, etc. It is the responsibility of healthcare institutions to take maintain the accuracy and transparency of the content they create.

Unfortunately, many organizations limit their knowledge management activities to a reactive and an ad-hoc approach, lack a formal content review and maintenance process, nor support an enterprise knowledge management strategy. Often, a healthcare institution does not keep track of the knowledge assets and their changes, leading to situations of multiple versions of a specific knowledge asset, such as duplicate guidelines or clinical rules with different clinical parameters. Inconsistent, incomplete, and outdated clinical knowledge assets can lead to inefficiency in care delivery and business operations, or create unnecessary patient safety risks, such as poorly functioning or malfunctioning CDS (Wright A, et al. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2016;23:1068–1076; Kassakian SZ et al. Appl Clin Inform. 2017 Sep 6;8(3):910-923).

This workshop will provide an introduction to clinical knowledge management topics that include the cataloguing of knowledge assets, authoring and modeling of metadata, managing relationship and dependencies among data, importing and exporting knowledge assets from and to other clinical applications, guaranteeing structural and semantic integrity when knowledge assets change, and following a comprehensive asset lifecycle process. The workshop will present basic knowledge management theory and best practices, in combination with practical experiences, challenges, and lessons learned.

Learning Objective 1: Understand the basic principles of clinical knowledge management
Describe the lifecycle of a knowledge asset

Learning Objective 2: Explain the basic functions and requirements of a knowledge management system
Describe how a knowledge management system fits in the existing landscape of a health IT ecosystem
Understand the benefits and challenges of implementing a knowledge management initiative


Saverio Maviglia (Presenter)
Semedy, Inc

Roberto Rocha (Presenter)
Semedy, Inc

Asli Weitkamp (Presenter)
4Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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