Tapping Into Healthcare Data to Promote More Proactive Care

Jake Freivald's picture
 By | February 23, 2016
in Omni, Business Intelligence, data management, data strategy, Vree Health, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence
February 23, 2016

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Yesterday I came across an article that discusses the concept of preventative analytics in healthcare. The benefits of this new analytic paradigm, according to the author, Robert Steele, R.N., include improved patient outcomes, reduced admissions and readmissions, and lower overall costs. Preventative analytics also "holds the promise of streamlining the workload of physicians and other healthcare providers, possibly allowing the care and treatment they offer to become more effective at the same time," Steele says.
He goes on to say that an effective preventive-analytics operation would have teams of clinicians sitting at a control center, monitoring incoming patient data from various sources on computers and other devices. Intervention would then be staged the moment something went amiss.
Healthcare organizations like Vree Health (now PatientSafe Solutions) are moving towards this type of proactive care every day. The company has created a closed-loop system for coordinating care in which patient progress is tracked and alerts are pushed to appropriate parties when inconsistencies are detected. By combining complex event processing and event-driven analytics, Vree can capture and react to patient activity in real time.  
Not exactly the "command center" the author describes, but pretty darn close.  
Vree also places patients into care programs to track their health after they are discharged from the hospital. During the ensuing weeks, most patients receive periodic health checks, at home or via office visits, and their health records are updated based on their progress. Data points can include everything from their emotional state and blood pressure to whether they have taken their medications. Tracking can occur daily or at an appropriate frequency based on each patient’s care plan. Our integration and integrity technologies trigger these updates and govern the creation and exchange of patient health statistics. Physicians and other caregivers are dynamically notified if designated parameters are outside of the norm prescribed by the patient’s care plan.
Many of the benefits Vree has achieved mirror what the author describes: operational savings, enhanced care coordination, reduced readmissions, and improved health outcomes. It's a more proactive approach to healthcare that offers advantages to all - especially the patients.
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