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Why You Should Spend More Time Thinking about Care Management

Paul Boal

Preparing for Value

Shifting away from fee-for-service to value-based healthcare has proven to be a great challenge. In fact, in a recent survey of healthcare professionals, 42% of respondents said they are “either not prepared at all for the shift away from fee-for-service or not as well prepared as they need to be.” Even attempting to measure the quality of care has become paradoxical.

As difficult as this shift might be, getting it right is crucial for the health and well-being of the population. The good news is that improved coordination within systems and across organizations can improve the quality, efficiency, and access to care. We now have more sources generating data than ever before, and this trend is not slowing down. The key will be breaking down the silos that are formed around the place where data is collected, and creating a more comprehensive view for both physicians and patients.

This data integration will help the patient gain control over their health as well as just their data. As patients gain access to their own medical data, they will be able keep their electrical medical records and visit information synchronized, increasing their self-management capabilities. Physicians will be able to provide better, more predictive care where it is needed and reduce duplicate, costly tests. Physicians will have a better understanding of the population which will allow them to identify high-risk populations and offer more intensive care management at the appropriate level and time. 

Patient Centric Strategy

To increase quality and access to data, decrease fragmentation, and provide patients with actionable information, healthcare leaders will have to understand that they need to adapt to a new digital healthcare system. Building a strong data analytics and governance strategy is critical for improved quality in care as the industry moves to a patient-centric model.

But before you can take advantage of the advances in streamlined and real-time data we offer that the place to start is with a precise strategy beginning with an in-depth assessment to identify the value opportunities for your organization. Understanding those opportunities is key to capitalizing on data’s true potential—the potential to improve care management and the healthcare industry as a whole. Reach out to us here, let us know how we can help you on your mission in this transformative healthcare space.