Osteoporosis is a very common bone condition characterized by a decrease in bone density. Patients with this condition have very porous bone structures, leading to fractures, pain, and structural deformity of the spine.
The Osteoporosis Program at UHN offers diagnoses and treatments to those with this progressive metabolic bone disease. However, there cannot be any diagnoses or treatments without knowledge. Research is necessary to identify the condition, the state of development, and the appropriate treatment. UHN leads the research to diagnose the condition as early as possible, track the progress accurately, and optimize the treatment procedures.
The Osteoporosis Program at UHN initially started with paper forms to collect the data. After a while, the division did not have enough space to store the information and turned to Excel spreadsheets. While it was a simple system to store information, it was not very effective for research purposes. It was very difficult to find specific subjects, organize the information, extract data, and generate statistics; all aspects very crucial to research. In addition, as a multi-centre study, the information collected from one centre needed to be accessible from all other sites. The only method was to use the UHN shared drives, which quickly filled with data, as external databases could not be used due to security reasons. The program needed a user-friendly database that was organized, secure, and could run over multiple collection centres.
The program turned to the DADOS team for the solution. The program now uses the user-friendly interface to store their information. The information can then be extracted just as easily as it was stored. DADOS can also generate custom reports from multiple studies allowing very quick analyses of information. DADOS offers an online database that allows access to the information from any site, yet DADOS is admin managed and secure enough to hold medical information. Only authorized personnel may access the information and any changes to the information are tracked and recorded in an audit trail.
The Osteoporosis Program of UHN is very pleased with the role DADOS plays in the research. The researchers do not have to spend unnecessary time organizing and struggling to access information, allowing more time for clinical research.
The Osteoporosis Program at Toronto’s University Health Network has implemented DADOS and is currently applying it to their research needs.
DADOS prevents researchers from spending unnecessary time organizing and accessing information. This allows for more clinical research time. Since implementing DADOS, the Osteoporosis program has seen tangible improvements in their research efficiency.
Patient-reported outcomes are fundamental in moving health care closer to a value-based model. A recent article published in Health IT Analytics lists some best practices for optimizing your collection of PROs, such as setting clear goals, using validated questions, and avoiding repetitions. Learn more about these and other recommendations to ensure your tools measure the desired outcomes: https://healthitanalytics.com/news/strategies-for-collecting-high-quality-patient-reported-outcomes
Interested in adding PROs to your practice? DADOS is a platform for securely collecting PROs and can help healthcare providers determine the right care for their patients in real-time.
In her interview with RevCycleIntelligence.com, Rebecca Kirch, JD, executive vice president of healthcare quality and value at the National Patient Advocate Foundation, emphasized that alternative payment models do not support value-based care unless healthcare providers commit to person-centred care.
“If you don’t get feedback early on about what really matters or what the value equation is for patients and their families, then we’re just stabbing in the dark in terms of quality measurement and the associated payment reforms that are so-called ‘value-based,’” she says. Kirch believes that involving patients in the development of alternative payment methods will help providers secure value-based care that’s meaningful to the patient.
Read the full article to learn more about how involving patient advocates in the process of developing alternative payment models can move you closer to patient-centred care: https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/making-apms-truly-value-based-through-person-centered-care
A key component of measuring the quality of care and the value to patients is through collecting patient-reported outcomes.
The latest PROMs developments were the focus of a recent UK National PROMs research conference with patients, clinicians, researchers, and academics in attendance.
With “integration and innovation” as the theme, this year’s conference focused on how clinicians can better integrate PROMs into their practice in order to improve patient care. Read the full article to learn more about how PROMs offer a unique view into patients’ personal experience and health goals: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2019/07/23/patient-involvement-in-proms-individual-opportunity-and-strategic-challenge/
DADOS offers patients the ability to access the system on mobile devices at dedicated kiosks or on tablets connected to the hospital network, making it easy for your patients to provide PROMs.
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