The outcome-based approach in healthcare is gaining momentum as new opportunities continue to arise in the area of information technology and digitization. Outcome-based healthcare happens if the outcome of previous treatments and personal situations of a patient are understood and it allows patients to have the treatments that work best for them.
Steps to Actualize Outcome-Based Healthcare
To fully actualize an Outcome-based Healthcare system in the health industry, the following steps must be taken:
- Collection of Outcome Data
This can be used to improve patients’ healthcare. By collecting the treatment data and observing how patients behave after a procedure, we can understand precisely how that treatment works for a group of patients. The advantages and disadvantages can easily be determined.
- Understanding Patients Choices
This is one way to improve outcome-based healthcare. HCPs should be encouraged to engage in conversations with patients to understand the choices of treatment they prefer. They should be interested in understanding the patient’s needs and they must be willing to ask the question “what does the patient want?”
- Payment Based on Outcome
Another way to encourage outcome-based healthcare is to modify existing systems in organizations to promote outcome-based payment rather than a volume-based payment.
- Use Technology to Further Research
With the increased advancement in technology, observing data from research on outcome-based experiments could be handled better. It may help to store information better and observe results.
Problems that Could be Encountered Along the Way
In the process of achieving better healthcare that is outcome-based, some challenges could be encountered along the way. It is not going to be a smooth ride. Some of the challenges that could be faced by health systems still trying to make the transition include:
- Poor Analytics
Analytics is key to achieve outcome-based healthcare. It is not just about being data-rich, but also about having the ability to perform analytics accurately and efficiently. These help to measure performance against the outcome and understand how well a new strategy is working and how it can impact the system. Without proper analytics, it would be extremely difficult to measure performance and this could prove problematic in achieving an outcome-based system.
- Poor Access Information
This is another problem that could hinder the growth of outcome-based healthcare. The lack of access to information by frontline workers will slow down the pace of the process. Important data is needed by clinicians to effectively manage patients, without these data and information it would be difficult to implement changes.
- Poor Organizational Structure
Most health systems aren’t flexible enough for change, making it difficult to make changes that could lead to an outcome-based healthcare system. It would be difficult for leaders to change their systems to outcome-based healthcare unless they provide strategies that are more likely to work and drive a change.
Outcome bases healthcare is one of the best ways to implement a healthcare system that works and puts the patient first. It allows us to understand patients’ personal experiences to serve them better.