Did you know that American Indians or Alaska Natives are almost 9x more likely to perform worse postoperatively compared to their white counterparts? Now, more than ever, healthcare providers carry the responsibility to evaluate clinical outcomes in order to reduce care variation and health disparities among all minorities.
In this blog, we discuss actionable ways for healthcare systems to audit and understand clinical outcomes intentionally to reduce care variations and, therefore, minimize and even eliminate health disparities.
How to reduce care variation with outcome standardization
In order for organizations to perform at the highest level of success, leaders must intelligently analyze clinical outcomes to pinpoint areas of opportunity for improvement, to reduce care variation. This process is something referred to as outcome standardization.
Outcome standardization allows providers, administrators, and care teams to compare vast collections of patient outcomes across many teams and organizations with the goal of standardizing the best clinical practices.
Ultimately, from single organizations to enterprise healthcare systems, this process gives the opportunity to standardize procedures and care quality, which organically increases the efficiency of their processes in place, setting them up to win market share within the industry.
Another benefit to taking the time to perform a clinical outcome assessment is that reducing care variations increases the validity and overall quality of clinical outcomes research and will play an important role in achieving Center of Excellence status.
What role does the value-based care model play in clinical outcomes?
The modern value-based care model is a patient-centric approach, purely based on patient treatment and correlating outcomes for reimbursement. This model has proven to lead to overall improved patient outcomes, lower readmission rates, and proactive preventative care.
This is a fundamental improvement in patient-centric care, rather than the traditional “fee-for-service” healthcare reimbursement strategies, in which a provider’s reimbursement is based on the amount of care provided.
Intelligent Care Plan
Force Therapeutics’ Intelligent Care Plan personalizes care to achieve the best outcomes and experience for each individual patient. Through standardizing education, exercises, and communication flow, health systems are able to provide an agile experience for building and scaling highly personalized remote care across a large and diverse patient panel.
With patient-centricity at the forefront of everything we do, care models mitigate outcomes variation and ensure patients are receiving the best care plans for their particular care episode.
How to reduce health disparities with care standardization
According to America’s Health Rankings article, health disparities continue to persist by gender, geography, race and ethnicity, and other factors, driven by systemic inequities in social, economic and environmental conditions’ that people face. This relevant issue continues to shorten lives and heighten the prevalence of acute and chronic conditions, profoundly impacting health and well-being.
Addressing disparities among patients is crucial in standardizing care through understanding and eliminating the current challenges and barriers many patients will face throughout the duration of a care episode.
Patient Care Platforms Reduce Health Disparities
Tackling this fundamental issue within the healthcare industry comes with many challenges, and can feel rather overwhelming. While caring for a large population of patients, how can an organization reduce and even eliminate health disparities, without spending an influx of additional hours with individual patients, or having to make new hires?
The answer is actually fairly simple. Individualizing care plans within one intuitive patient care platform allows providers and care teams to guarantee that all patients receive personalized, yet equal care in order to have optimal postoperative outcomes.
Next Step: Clinical data collection and management
Clinical data collection and management is the first step in setting your organization up for success. So, how do you plan to collect mass amounts of clinical data? Among many other things, Force excels in clinical research and clinical outcome collection.
Clinical Outcomes Resources
After many years of experience with data collection, we have created how-to blog for how to choose the right patient reported outcomes software for your organization.