Altum Health is a department within the University Health Network offering medical treatment and rehabilitation to workers with workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. In conjunction with the rest of UHN, Altum aims to provide insightful, patient-oriented services with the high quality of healthcare-associated with UHN and the shortest time to return to work as possible. Altum takes advantage of being a part of UHN by providing the quickest, most effective connections to patients. A patient will be assessed and directed to the appropriate physician as quickly as possible, without unnecessary, intermediary visits. From the physician, the patient can then be directed to the next appropriate steps including, but not limited to, surgery, physiotherapy, or rehabilitation through UHN.
The vision may have been effective and efficient; however, the system Altum Health had in place could not keep up with this vision. Prior to using DADOS, Altum would mail out the forms to be filled by the patients. These forms were then faxed back, and then subsequently faxed around to the various departments within UHN. Ultimately, the completed forms would be manually entered into an excel spreadsheet and stored at that collection centre. If a researcher needed that information, it had to be sent back and forth between the different locations. This whole process took a long time and made it very difficult to track specific studies.
The DADOS team developed DADOS-Connect and the real-time report generator to address these needs. Altum Health uses DADOS-Connect to allow patients to input data from the comfort of their own home. The patients are emailed a one-time username and password, which they can use to log in and fill out the questionnaires. The information goes straight to DADOS ready to be exported from any Altum Health location. Although the database is web-based, the information is secure from external attacks. DADOS is also now equipped with the ability to calculate the protocols automatically and generate a report that is easy to understand. Known as the real-time report, all the clinician needs to do is to press a button to calculate the assessment and create a report of patient responses. These reports are completely customizable making each study report unique. Multiple figures are generated to present any changes in the previous assessments, summarizing the study in one simple report. The functionality of the DADOS platform works to match the vision of Altum Health in providing a system that successfully integrates each division seamlessly into the healthcare process.
DADOS has enabled Altum Health’s vision by streamlining their data capture processes in order to focus on patient needs.
DADOS ensures that providers don’t waste time collecting patient data and presenting it in an accessible format. With real-time reports available at a single click, using patient outcomes to inform assessments is a simple process.
According to a health policy statement from the American College of Cardiology (ACC), incorporating technology into healthcare will facilitate collecting patient-reported outcomes (PROs), allowing for more accurate assessments of health and disease. In addition, real-time transfer of user-generated data can strengthen patient-provider communication, supporting shared decision-making. Read the ACC Health Policy Statement on Healthcare Transformation in the Era of Digital Health, Big Data, and Precision Health and learn how PROs can revolutionize modern healthcare.
DADOS generates reports in real time, allowing you to monitor your patient’s progress and make informed treatment decisions. The platform caters to various specialities, providing customizable methods of collecting and retrieving patient outcomes.
In a study led by Dr. Eric Makhni, 143 patients undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery in 2014 were prospectively enrolled into an electronic data collection system. Participants were asked to complete a set of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) pre-operatively, and six and 12 months post-operatively. Results indicated that 76% of individuals completed their forms pre-operatively, however, compliance form completion decreased to 57% at 6 months and to 45% at 12 months. Most patients who did complete forms did so at home or at another location before returning to the clinic. Read the full article to learn why Dr. Makhni thinks that continuous innovation is needed to improve outcome collection rates for patients.
DADOS allows patients to complete study forms at home through the DADOS Connect feature, and its user-friendly interface may help maintain better data collection rates.
In a recent study, seven patients with low back pain provided their perspectives on using PROMs in patient-centred consultations. The study focused on the assessment of functioning and disability in developing a new PRO instrument.
The patients identified simplicity, individuality, and application as the key elements of importance. Learn more about these core themes and some benefits of involving patients in PROs development.
DADOS can help you adopt your own patient-centred PROMs. The system’s user interface is clean and simple to use, providing a smooth experience for you and your patients.
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