The modern world is results driven. If something doesn’t work, particularly in business, it is discarded and replaced. Today’s fast pace of life that seems to be continually speeding faster and faster demands streamlined, quality results in any field. Busy people do not have time to wait for something better. The same is true in the medical field. Slow medical treatment or diagnosis could result in greatly decreased quality of life or life expectancy. At one time electronic health records (EHR) were innovative, but today’s medical industry needs more than what an EHR can offer. Today’s medical care givers need more data.
Use of Data to Improve Outcomes
Medical systems are limited only as far as the extensiveness of their information sharing. More information means better customer care. By moving from simple digital copies of patient information (the EHR) to a more extensive system of data sharing across providers and information gathering mediums, patients and healthcare providers reap many benefits.
- Irrelevant treatment options are eliminated, saving money and reducing waste in materials and time. Providers only prescribe solutions that are proven to work for individual patients based on past experience. Medical systems can offer value-based care using data across sources. Umbrella treatments that may or may not address unique symptoms can be avoided.
- High risk patients are identified. They have the opportunity to qualify for such things as bluetooth devices that read their statistics, providing them with immediate, more focused care as needed.
- Medical systems are better able to manage the health of their patient population. They have a quick reference for ways to address prevalent diseases in their population. Life span and health may be improved through education on choices.
- By knowing more about patient history and environment, practitioners are able to address more issues without excessive or unnecessary hospital admittance.
The benefits of using data to improve outcomes in the medical community are many. Not all medical systems yet have the vision or resources to pursue data analysis in their practices, though. One educational provider for medical staff to find out more about the use of data in driving positive, patient-focused outcomes is the healthcare analytics summit SLC in Salt Lake City. Practitioners desiring to implement data analysis in their practice are encouraged to attend, gleaning vital information for the durability of their practices.