Smarter Decisions. Better Care.

  • Changes Clinical Decisions

  • Improves Hospital Quality and Reduces Costs

  • Used by JCI-accredited Hospitals

UpToDate® is the premier evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by more than 5,700 physicians to help healthcare practitioners answer clinical questions and make the best possible decisions at the point of care. By combining the latest clinical knowledge with cutting-edge technology, UpToDate changes the way clinicians practice medicine and has become an indispensable part of clinical workflows in institutions and practices worldwide.

Research shows that use of UpToDate leads to changes in clinical decisions and patient management:

  • A study at Singapore National University Hospital showed that the use of UpToDate led to a change in investigations, diagnosis or management 37% of the time1
  • Another study found attending physicians using UpToDate changed treatment decisions for 18% of patients2

In 2011, researchers at Harvard University published a study confirming that the use of UpToDate over a three year period was associated with:

  • Improved quality of every condition on the Hospital Quality Alliance Metrics
  • Shorter lengths of stay (372,000 hospital days saved per year)3
  • Lower mortality rates (saving 11,500 lives per three year period)

Improved outcomes in quality, length of stay, patient safety and mortality can translate into cost savings for healthcare institutions, making UpToDate one of the most cost-effective approaches for improving healthcare.

UpToDate is used in more than 29,000 medical institutions world-wide and is found in many of the JCI-accredited (Joint Commission International) hospitals in Asia:

  • BNH Hospital, Thailand
  • EKA Hospital, Indonesia
  • Siloam Hospitals, Indonesia
  • Bangkok Hospital Group, Thailand
  • Penang Adventist Hospital, Malaysia
  • Ajou University Medical Center, Korea
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippines
  • Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
  • National University Hospital, Singapore
  • St. Luke's International Medical Center, Japan 
  • Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics, China
  • Taipei Medical University - Wan Fang Medical Center, Taiwan 

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1Phua J, MBBS, MRCP, See KC, MBBS, MRCP, Khalizah HJ, MBChB Manc, MRCP, Low SP, MBBS, MRCP, Lim TK, MBBS, FRCPE. Utility of the electronic information resource UpToDate for clinical decision-making at bedside rounds. Singapore Med J 2012; 53(2): 116-120.

2Lucas BP, Evans AT, Reilly BM, Khodakov YV, Perumal K, Rohr LG, Akamah JA, Alausa TM, Smith CA, Smith JP. The impact of evidence on physicians' inpatient treatment decisions. J Gen Intern Med. 2004 May;19(5 Pt 1):402-9.

3Use of UpToDate and outcomes in US hospitals. Isaac T, Zheng J, Jha A. J Hosp Med. 2012 Feb;7(2):85-90. doi: 10.1002/jhm.944. Epub 2011 Nov 16.


Clinicians can search UpToDate using disease, symptom, procedure, lab abnormality or drug name as the search term. The knowledge contained in UpToDate is evidence-based and continuously updated, but it is not merely an aggregation and report of the latest research; UpToDate presents a comprehensive synthesis of the evidence, followed by recommendations that can be acted on at the point of care.