As the payment landscape in the healthcare industry is shifting, aligning itself with the Triple Aim of healthcare and the financial aspect of successful outcomes shifting to value-based reimbursements, improving patients’ experience of care and getting them to make right choices about their health is the new focus in the healthcare industry. According to a paper, lack of adherence to medication, which seems like a small step accounts for 10% of total US healthcare costs. Moreover, ensuring adherence and patient engagement is a hard, aggravating task for providers.
Why technological aid is critical to Patient Engagement?
Data is the first thing providers need if they plan on becoming patient-centric. Lately, data has been coming in not only from EHRs, claims, and billings, but also from patient portals, mobile health and wearable technologies. Data comes in from multiple sources in multiple formats, often unstructured, and the lack of a common standard between them adds to the complexities in deriving a meaningful use of it. Apart from this, there are many challenges organizations face:
Good Data = Good Care
Patient engagement doesn’t happen to be an easy task and is fundamentally about a systematic, population-focused approach to developing strategies to bring about behavioral change and preventing illness. Having said that, all physicians want to deliver quality care and focus on driving better health outcomes. Access to good data helps them concentrate on what matters the most – improving lives and making healthcare affordable and equitable for all.
Good data can help providers in many ways:
To put it in a nutshell, data, coupled with advanced analytics and dedicated care teams can help in identifying the root of the problems, and ultimately help physicians and health coaches develop specific, tailor-made plans for patients.
Datashop’s Patient Engagement Suite
After closely looking at the perils of poor data quality and tedious manual processes, Datashop was developed as an end-to-end population health management solution that recreates the wheel on patient engagement. Datashop is a population health solution with strategies focused on individuals, requiring minimal manual effort and solving the challenges in patient engagement:
Patient Engagement an Indicator of Value-Based Care
The Triple Aim of healthcare is unachievable without patients becoming more engaged in the management of their health. According to a survey, more than half of the patients prefer being a part of their health decisions. Moreover, the latest fact sheet released by CMS with patient engagement accounting for 25% of the weight in Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program has led to healthcare organizations work earnestly towards enhancing the patient experience.
In the world of value-based care, patient engagement is less of a task and more of an opportunity. It’s much more than a metric, a mere regulatory requirement; it’s about identifying the gaps in health care delivery, understanding the effects of new care initiatives, developing robust plans to improve patient’s post-episode health, and bringing about an organizational shift towards quality. Value-based care can only be achieved by reaching out to patients and gather actionable insights, and by using data-driven technology, we can open up to meaningful interactions driving better health outcomes.
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