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Center for Clinical Knowledge Management (CCKM) Frequently Asked Questions

The Center for Clinical Knowledge Management (CCKM) evaluates and organizes evidence to drive clinical decisions that promote efficiency, consistency, and quality throughout UW Health.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How are clinical tools developed? Do you get clinician input?

Every year, the Center for Clinical Knowledge Management hosts several hundred working group meetings focusing on the development and maintenance of clinical practice guidelines, clinical policies and other tools. More than 500 physicians and other UW Health staff members contribute their time to the development of those tools. In addition, more than 100 physicians and other clinicians contribute to the maintenance of our UW Health Preventive Care Guideline. Our advisory board, the Clinical Knowledge Management Council, has more than 40 members who help make the Center for Clinical Knowledge Management work a success. Keeping physicians and other key stakeholders engaged in knowledge management activities leverages one of UW Health’s key assets – the clinical expertise of our faculty and staff.

How long has the Center for Clinical Knowledge Management existed?

The Center for Clinical Knowledge Management began in July 2010.

What kinds of background do Center for Clinical Knowledge Management employees have?

We have clinicians and non-clinicians working in the Center for Clinical Knowledge Management. Our staff includes pharmacists, psychologists, nurses, a nurse practitioner, a physical therapist and a neuroscientist. Among our non-clinician staff, we have experts with backgrounds in engineering, biostatistics, library science and business. Our diversity allows us to contribute to a wide range of projects that call on all of the skills of Center for Clinical Knowledge Management professionals.

What kinds of clinical tools does the Center for Clinical Knowledge Management manage?

As of December 2015, the Center for Clinical Knowledge Management is responsible for the development and maintenance of 296 best practice advisories (BPAs), 164 delegation protocols, 1,173 Beacon protocols, 61 clinical practice guidelines, 1,023 inpatient order sets, 132 patient assessment tools, 37 registries, 430 clinical policies and a wide range of other clinical decision support tools that support the great care we provide to our patients throughout UW Health. As clinical evidence matures, we’re responsible for maintaining those tools, serving as the curators of clinical knowledge.

Do other health care institutions have a department like the Center for Clinical Knowledge Management?

When the Center for Clinical Knowledge Management was created, we addressed needs that many other academic medical centers struggle with, providing a centralized service that develops evidence-based standards of care, and supports their implementation. While other organizations are now following our lead, we remain a unique department. Our innovation extends into many of our programs. We pioneered new approaches to vendor relation management through the UW Health Vendor Liaison Office and the review of new biomedical technologies through the Technology Assessment Program. Our oncology protocol builders were among the first in the country to implement the Epic Beacon system.