Organizations in the healthcare industry are continually looking for ways to provide a higher level of care while maximizing profits, and while in the past it seemed like a nearly impossible feat, the push to rely on analyzed data when making decisions is making this prospect a reality. Though it is a substantial change that affects every layer of a business model, looking at it in different stages or levels will help alleviate concern. The following is a look at which steps should receive primary focus when beginning this transition.
While the idea of using health analytics sounds impersonal, it is a viable way to create personalized care plans that focus on a patient and not just their diagnoses. The use of past health information and familial data will provide practitioners with a wealth of information and the knowledge needed to create a treatment plan that treats the entire individual. A transition of this nature helps eliminate repeat visits for the same condition and promotes more positive outcomes.
The next phase deals with early intervention as a way to stave off future complications and hospitalization. This layer of implementation requires years worth of past health data combined with current health information. With a complete picture of both past and present baselines, a physician will have the ability to determine what areas of risk are prevalent for a patient and develop treatments before they require significant medical treatment.
Software engineers and doctors agree that the biggest challenge with this type of healthcare model is the need for robust reports. Rather than wasting time to create this invaluable information, most software programs now create automated reports. Reports provide a physician with the information they need early on and allows them to make quality care decisions while reducing expenses.
Ensuring compliance with these changes is vital in ensuring the long-term viability of any size practice. By starting now, an organization is positioning themselves to be a leader in transition and will likely experience few adverse effects as implementation occurs nationwide. Health Catalyst is leading the way to change and is assisting facilities of all sizes to prepare for these changes, and will be there to guide key decision makers through each step of the process.