Providing targeted support for at-risk patients
To enable better outcomes for all populations, orthopedic teams must strengthen their ability to build strong relationships with their patients, especially members of at-risk populations who are likely to need additional support. Yet the current healthcare staffing crisis means there are not nearly enough caregivers to provide adequate care for a large volume of patients.
Implementing a digital care management system helps health systems and ambulatory surgery centers scale their workload, as it eliminates a significant portion of their administrative burden. Nurse navigators are able to manage by exception, as they can rely on the data provided by the remote care management system to pinpoint which patients might require intervention. For example, outcomes reporting data can show when preoperative patients are unprepared for surgery, spurring care teams to provide additional education and helping the practice to avoid last-minute cancellations.
Early identification of high-risk patients—as determined by patients’ social determinants of health data, as well as their responses to the standardized Risk Assessment and Prediction Tool (RAPT) form—can drive better clinical outcomes. By using data to identify and attend to the emerging needs of at-risk patients, orthopedic practices can ensure that disadvantaged patients do not fall through the cracks.
Do you have the data you need for early identification of at-risk patients to drive better outcomes?
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