From HIMSS to hospitals to specialty groups and independent practices, outcomes are occupying everyone’s minds. So exactly what are outcomes and how can medical professionals ensure that they are ready for success?
In healthcare outcomes are all about measuring the result of a treatment plan and the quality of care provided to a patient using data to provide proof of efficacy. Clinicians and practices need to be able to provide data that shows the ultimate results achieved (clinical outcomes) along with the patient’s perception of the results (patient reported outcomes). The real power of outcomes is the ability to collect and analyze data before and during the patient visit where it provides healthcare business intelligence that can affect the cost, quality, and effectiveness of care.
Outcomes – the way a thing turns out; a consequence
It all starts with the patient. When optimal results are achieved for the patient it is a win-win for everyone concerned. One way to ensure improved results is to involve patients in their own care. This is achieved through patient engagement, education, and surveying to capture patient reported outcomes.
Although data capture and utilization is critical in analyzing and improving outcomes, a fine balance between data capture and patient focus must be maintained. In order to ensure that each part of the clinical experience for the patient and staff is a good one, data capture must be set up in such a way that the process becomes a seamless part of the patient visit—data is captured where, when, and by whom it makes the most sense for the patient and the practice.
Data at the point of care, whether provided pre-visit or through national registry benchmarking, empowers physicians and patients to make informed decisions that help assure optimal outcomes.
Business intelligence is a critical component of any outcomes strategy. Each patient visit involves front office staff, clinicians, supplies, orders, and more. When your organization collects and analyzes this data combined with patient health outcomes, operational efficiencies can be put in place to keep costs down. Successful treatment plans can be shared across your organization to ensure the most effective and best practices become standard throughout your organization.
A Better Bottom Line
Better health for patients
Improved workflow and clinical decisions
Compliance with government regulations and payer requirements
Improved government and insurance reimbursements
More referrals because you can prove that your practice delivers better outcomes
Putting technologies and systems in place that deliver on these initiatives leads to a better bottom line for your practice.