Monday, April 2, 2012

Becoming Accountable: Delivering Value-Based Care Through Optimal Use of IT and Data

Samitt, Craig E. "Becoming Accountable: Delivering Value-Based Care Through Optimal Use of IT and Data." iHealthBeat, April 2, 2012.

From the article: "As we evolve from a system of unit-based care to population-based care, we, as systems, will want to be able to benchmark our performance against other organizations, share un-blinded comparative data with clinicians regarding service, quality and cost, and transparently report data to our markets as a means of growing our practices and competing in the world of health insurance exchanges. We also will want to develop comprehensive "big data" data warehouses and analytics shops so that we can predictively model clinical information, identify areas of quality/safety/cost concerns and assess variations in practice patterns. We'll also want to develop a wider array of metrics of success, so that we know what good quality looks like, what good service feels like and what efficient care costs. 

While our assessment of quality today is mostly process metrics in primary care, we can predict that we'll move closer to outcome metrics in the future, and such metrics will exist not only for primary care, but for all specialties and all services, both inpatient and outpatient. While we struggle with the accuracy, transparency, format and availability of data today, we've invested heavily in data creation, analysis, reporting and modeling at Dean because it is quite clear to us that data will be king in the world of value." Read more