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Healthcare is Changing: What Data is Your Beacon?

Written by Selena Horner | Jun 30, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The data that mattered yesterday may not be as relevant tomorrow. Most of the data of yesterday focused on productivity. Although the upcoming tomorrows will require you to be productive, the demand for delivering and proving quality will dominate. 
If data is your beacon guiding your practice, what outcomes data do you need to succeed tomorrow?

1. Patient Self-report Data: Patient self-report data is the gold standard in measuring rehabilitation outcomes. If you aren't already capturing patient reported outcomes, the time to begin is now. This is your "every patient" data beacon. Your patients' perceptions about their functional abilities have tons of value for you:

  • setting goals
  • tracking change
  • determining if additional care is required
  • engaging and motivating your patients
  • indicating if a course of treatment needs to be changed
  • assisting with when to end an episode of care

2. Risk Adjusted Aggregated Data:  Tomorrow will focus on comparing results. Your "all patients" data beacon is the big data collection of results of your care. Real quality includes far more than just number of visits and the condition treated. Real quality metrics include rehabilitation outcomes: how much functional change happened in how many visits over what amount of time for what cost? Caution: if the data isn't risk adjusted appropriately, you will not be able to answer the previous question fairly. A major factor involved in fairly comparing results depends on the best risk adjustment process as possible. Without an adequate risk adjustment process, clinicians who treat the sicker, less healthy and more complex patients will not be reasonably assessed for their clinical performance.

As you can see, the data you will need begins with each patient encounter. To really allow data to be your beacon, you have two areas in which to focus: the patient in front of you and overall results of care. Individual, patient specific data can help drive episode of care decisions. Overall results of care data can help prove your value and drive quality improvement.

If you are looking for a product that currently has the required two types of reporting features (patient specific reports and overall care quality reports), look no further. Please talk to Judy Holder about how FOTO can help.

Until next time,
~Selena