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by Dr. Jon Keevil
Published on May 15, 2018

Sometimes, the best treatment option for a patient isn’t immediately clear. There are a lot of variables to consider, depending on the situation and the individual – and increasingly, the individual wants and expects to be included in the decision-making process rather than relying solely on their clinician’s judgement. Today, arriving at a health care decision is more often highlighted to be a collaborative process between a clinician and patient – a process known as Shared Decision Making, or SDM. 

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, HealthDecision develops a medical software platform of tools that support this collaborative process. These tools empower focused clinician-patient discussions, where patients can gain a better understanding of their care and treatment options. In this episode of The Cerner Podcast, we’re joined by Dr. Jon Keevil, founder and CEO at HealthDecision. 

In this episode, Dr. Keevil answers the following questions: 

  • First, let’s start with some definitions. What’s the difference between clinical decision support, or CDS, and shared decision making, or SDM? What place does each process have within the continuum of care? 
  • Can you give us some insight into HealthDecision and how you began this company? You started as a physician and identified a weak link in the workflow and a solution – perhaps you can also walk us through how your experience as a physician lends itself to the solutions your company creates. Was there are moment of epiphany where you realized what you needed to do? 
  • How do you think development of FHIR and open standards will empower you as a physician or as a tool designer? What might this development trend mean for SDM tools, like the ones HealthDecision designs? 
  • Can you speak to the on-the-ground experience with SDM tools that you’ve witnessed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health? What has been the clinician response to SDM tools? 
  • Finally, I’d like to go broad. Can you speak to the future state of shared decision making? How do you see this area evolving in the health care industry over the next 3-5 years? 

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