Leveraging SDoH for VBC requires proper measurement and interpretation of available SDoH data. It is a complex problem due to the variety of structured/semi-structured/unstructured data sets coming from multiple sources, the lack of standardization in data collection and processing, as well as the need to capture a very large number of demographic, environmental, and socioeconomic metrics not yet measured today.
Preexisting conditions became newly challenging during the pandemic, as chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension risked being untreated. Many patients fell behind on care, avoiding doctor visits and hospital stays out of concern of COVID-19 exposure—which added significant risks to those with preexisting conditions.
Kingsport, Tennessee–based Holston Medical Group has developed a robust care coordination and patient outreach program combined with data analytics to target individual patients. The physician group operates 50 clinics in eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia.
There’s value to be found in the data related to hospital pharmacies, as well, but unlocking actionable analytics and insights from metrics reporting requires the right viewpoints and skill sets. Global medical technology company BD recently hosted a panel discussion inviting key pharmacy leaders and experts to talk about how analytics have impacted high-performing hospital pharmacy programs.
On episode 32 of PSQH: The Podcast, Dr. Barry Chaiken, clinical lead for Tableau, talks about how information technology can help solve healthcare’s biggest problems.
Despite their ubiquity, smart pumps continue to exhibit design flaws that contribute to patient safety risks. Commonly reported problems with smart pumps include software bugs and errors, human factors (e.g., errors related to user interface issues), broken components, battery failure, alarm failure, and over- or under-infusion.
Wrong patient identification, for a number of reasons, still exists to this day. It affects the U.S. healthcare system the most as hospitals have no effective standardized patient identifier shared by all facilities. While different caregivers have used various strategies to implement an effective patient identifier, it’s been around two decades since the ban on funding a national patient identifier system has been in place.
Trust is an essential component in the relationship between physicians and patients. When a medical error occurs or a physician creates a negative patient experience such as being significantly late for an appointment, an apology can repair damage to the trust in a relationship.
Patient experience is a valuable element of addressing patient safety incidents and conducting quality improvement initiatives. After decades of operating with provider-centric care, healthcare organizations are becoming increasingly patient-centric. Evaluating and improving patient experience is a core component of patient-centric care.
A growing number of communities have proven that data democratization improves health structures and overcomes barriers to help communities of color respond to the health challenges of COVID-19. The inconsistencies at state level have demonstrated how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted people of color. The spread of the pandemic has been a shared concern for all of the American public as the mortality rate for Black Americans is 2.3 times as high as white Americans.