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Center for Clinical Knowledge Management (CCKM)

Center for Clinical Knowledge Management (CCKM) - Departments & Programs, UW Health


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

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Priorities of the CCKM include

Additional Information

For more information on CCKM and how our tools are developed and maintained, please visit the FAQ tab.

To learn more about the purpose and scope of CCKM, view our charter.

For general questions about CCKM: cckm@uwhealth.org

For questions regarding specific tool types, or to request new development or changes to an existing tool, please visit individual tool pages accessible at UW Health Clinical Tool Search.

CCKM Location

CCKM offices and conference rooms are located on the second floor of the University Crossing Building (UCB) at 749 University Row, next to the Digestive Health Center. A shuttle service from University Hospital to the University Crossing Building is available. See schedule.

CCKM-Hospital Location


How can I contact CCKM, request development of a new tool, or request changes to an existing tool?

For general questions about CCKM contact us at cckm@uwhealth.org.

For questions regarding specific tool types, or to request new development or changes to an existing tool, please visit individual tool pages accessible at UW Health Clinical Tool Search.

Is there an advisory board that oversees the work of CCKM?

The activities of the Center for Clinical Knowledge Management are guided the Clinical Knowledge Management Council. This advisory group oversees prioritization of CCKM activities, advises the CCKM leadership and staff on activities of the Center, and has endorsement and approval authority as defined in its charter.

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

Every year, CCKM hosts several hundred working group meetings focusing on the development and maintenance of various clinical practice guidelines, clinical policies and other tools. In 2015, more than 500 physicians and other UW Health staff members generously contributed their time to the development of those tools as part of those working groups. 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, is also a key resource with over 40 members who help make CCKM 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 – and we’re grateful for all of their contributions!

For more information on specific types of clinical tools, visit UW Health Clinical Tool Search.

How long has the CCKM existed?

The UW Health Center for Clinical Knowledge Management (CCKM) began in July 2010.

What kinds of background do CCKM employees have?

We have both clinicians and non-clinicians working in CCKM. 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 CCKM professionals.

What kinds of clinical tools does CCKM manage?

As of April 2016, CCKM is responsible for the development and maintenance of 266 best practice advisories (BPAs), 153 delegation protocols, 1,223 Beacon protocols, 51 clinical practice guidelines, 1,037 inpatient order sets, 145 patient assessment tools, 35 registries, 882 clinical policies and a wide range of other clinical decision support tools and projects that support the great care we provide to our patients throughout UW Health ... and our work is growing every day. Management does not only include the initial development of tools, but, as clinical evidence matures constantly, we’re responsible for maintaining those tools, serving as the curators of clinical knowledge.

Do other health care institutions have a department like CCKM?

When CCKM 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 as well. 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, both based in CCKM. Our oncology protocol builders were among the first in the country to implement the Epic Beacon system for adults, and, more recently, expanded to pediatrics.



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