Looking back on past healthcare predictions, what has changed in the healthcare landscape over the past ten years?
Data that Inspires Action: How trustworthy healthcare data creates efficiency in our health system.
Real-time healthcare data drives effective patient care plans and helps physicians advance their practice.
Imagine your team is about to take on the championship game. But when it comes time to play, there is no scoreboard. No goals to meet, and no directions for success.
Your team would be blindly working toward an uncertain goal, unable to craft an effective plan to create the outcome that you want.
Now imagine that this team is your physicians – with the goal of creating the best outcomes for their patients and driving efficiency throughout your facility. You wouldn’t want them to work without benchmarks and informed, trusted data – would you?
Of course not. That kind of game plan would lead to uncoordinated, inefficient, and ineffective care; care that costs more for everyone involved.
“Physicians and health care groups have struggled to manage clinical episodes…because they lack real-time, actionable data that is trusted by physicians, and that provides them a digital backbone for management of care throughout the continuum,” said Dr. Reuben Tovar, Chief Medical Officer of HNI Healthcare.
Healthcare technology and patient quality data allow physicians to accurately forecast care and make educated, value-based decisions that provide better quality care that gets patients back home, or to a home setting, faster.
“Real-time data entered by the physician, real benchmarks, and timely data, all contribute to having objective discussions that yield a much higher value and allow us to address the quality issues that will improve the care for our patients,” said Blain Claypool, Chief Operating Officer of HNI Healthcare, during HNI’s recent webinar with Becker’s Healthcare.
What aspects of healthcare data drive these quality metrics?
Data physicians and health systems can trust.
The bottom line: Physicians trust the data that they enter - and detailed, timely data helps them become a better physician.
“Hospitals won’t make money unless they have data in the hands of their physicians. [Without that data] the physicians won’t hit their metrics like geometric length of stay, quality, next site of care, the list goes on,” said Dr. Tovar.
Healthcare technology takes data entry and trust to the next level.
By learning to accurately enter information to create an effective plan of care, physicians can ensure that patients don’t fall into care gaps or end up returning to the hospital – metrics that physicians and health systems alike want to see reduced.
Data that is timely.
“The reality of my practice now [since utilizing real-time data] is that because I know my target [metrics] from the time of admission, I generally do practice to severity-adjusted length of stay, and I document in a manner than ensures that I can,” said Dr. Tovar.
Timely, accurate data allows physicians to make real-time, holistic care decisions that influence patients’ length of stay and care outlook. Outdated information doesn’t help physicians craft a proper plan of care or anticipate unseen obstacles.
Additionally, the use of timely data encourages efficient care throughout the continuum – prompting follow-up appointments, necessary prescriptions, potential regressions, and more.
Data that inspires accountability.
Trusted and timely data allows for valuable conversations on physician performance – which, in-turn, influences physician behavior. Utilizing this information, health systems and physicians can accurately reflect on the care that they provide, compare it to benchmarks, and make the necessary adjustments.
“To self-manage, I need to know: what is my patient’s severity, risk, severity-adjusted length of stay targets…” said Dr. Tovar. “All physicians want to compare well to their peers, and having [this] data available allows them to truly self-manage.”
Hear about healthcare waste from healthcare veterans.
Hear from healthcare veterans Blain Claypool - Chief Operating Officer, and Dr. Reuben Tovar - Chief Medical Officer, of HNI Healthcare, as they walk through their experience navigating value-based care, risk-based arrangements, and alternate payment models, and how they got buy-in from their hospital, providers, and colleagues.
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