Better Than a Crystal Ball: The Power of Prediction in Clinical Transformation
Insight Driven Health
Connected health is creating a realistic and reliable road map for providers and is transforming roles and reinventing healthcare.
A community at a crossroads
It is a time of challenge and change. Providers must meet expectations to deliver more, and better, with less. They must comply with new clinical quality measures in the wake of healthcare reform. And they must respond to expectations for low-cost, high-access, and high-tech, patient experiences.
Most know that moving past these challenges requires more than incremental change. Many are rethinking the fundamentals of their work. They have automated manual processes and replaced paper-based medical records and manila folders with electronic health records and tablet computers.
This change has been widespread, touching large academic medical centers, military and Veterans hospitals, private physician practices and community health vendors. It is a connected health revolution that is enabling the electronic flow of information across the continuum of care.
Seeing and seizing a future of change
This revolution means that providers have unprecedented access to comprehensive health information. This ability to collect, analyze and share new data in new ways offers future insight into patient care that was once impossible, or at best, elusive.
Providers are gaining the technological foundation and the analytic techniques to drive data-powered insights and provide care in more sophisticated and targeted ways. By managing and treating patients with this forward-looking view, providers work as proactive gatekeepers focused on wellness rather than as reactive healers focused on illness. What results are better and faster medical interventions that deliver a higher standard of care and significant progress against health industry challenges.
The new art and science of providing care
This future-focused shift is evident among high performing providers in three important areas.
1. Proactive patient care
Technology tools are enabling providers to collect health data in real time. Advanced predictive analytic techniques are helping uncover what will likely happen next. By proactively measuring, monitoring and managing this data, providers can improve care management and address risk factors and symptoms of chronic disease early and provide positive reinforcement in effective new ways. This is a true breakthrough: as the adage goes, 20 percent of patients—those with chronic conditions—account for 80 percent or more of healthcare costs. The dual benefit of better clinical outcomes and cost reduction through connected health opportunities is clear.
One leading US health system’s work in sepsis management is an example of the power of predictive analytics to improve clinical delivery. Recognizing that sepsis is a leading driver of in-hospital mortality, the medical center defined early leading indicators of sepsis and used technology tools to monitor patients to drive earlier diagnosis and intervention. The new initiative saved hundreds of lives and has saved millions of dollars for the health system.
2. Anytime, anywhere healthcare
The practice of medicine has always been a person-to-person relationship. Today’s connected health environment means that this relationship does not necessarily have to occur in person. Providers can now rely on a single source of truth to bridge both time and geography. In addition to electronic health records, providers have ready access to decision- support tools and personalized patient preferences. This clinical insight paired with telemedicine technology is better than a crystal ball, changing clinical
delivery and improving access, quality and efficiency while lowering costs.
3. Whole community health
Beyond driving clinical inroads with individual patients, data insights are also transforming community health. The advent of large, centralized population databases, along with health information exchanges that enable data collection, sharing and analysis across multiple regional hospital systems, is driving new analytic capabilities.
For example, a leading East coast health system conducted an analytic mapping initiative during the 2009 H1N1 flu epidemic. Researchers assessed the pattern of immunization distribution for a county of more than one million people. The exercise helped them to identify underimmunized zones so they could better target vaccine education and distribution efforts.
The nuanced focus of this initiative is the new face of public health surveillance. In addition to sweeping public health campaigns, public health providers can now understand populations well enough to see into the future and proactively target intervention and education around more subtle influences.
The future is now
Now that many providers have built a connected health foundation, they must ask a critical question: Are we getting the most value from connectivity? The issues are complex, but the rewards are immense.
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Dr. Manuel Lowenhaupt
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