Be the best. Be the most innovative. Be the most accessible. Increase efficiency but reduce workforce burnout. Increase data utilization but ensure data security. Simplify the tech stack but invest in the digital front door.
Look to the strategic plans of any health system nationwide and you’ll see these common objectives (among others). They are core to the “do more with less” mantra of c-suite leaders and are the backbone of becoming a “health system of the future.”
A recent Philips report spoke to these lofty goals and outlined the top five issues health systems are prioritizing to ensure resilient and sustainable care operations.
5 Priorities of “Health Systems of the Future”
1. Investing in technology that extends the reach of the health system
Care delivery is no longer centralized. Innovative health systems are focused on digital and technological advancements that extend care services across locations and communities and into patient homes.
2. Supporting proactive (rather than reactive) care delivery.
Health leaders need to help “ease the pressure on healthcare workforce to constantly react to disease” and, rather, provide clinical teams with the tools they need to discover, anticipate, and stop disease before it starts.
3. Reducing waste
Wasteful financial practices eat away at health system resiliency. Invest in identifying and remedying inefficient processes.
4. Increasing data accessibility
One of the most obvious lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic was the need for health data to be easily accessible. Many health systems today struggle with disparate systems that limit accessibility and result in costly delays in care.
5. Ensuring data is usable
Increasing data accessibility is step one – step two is ensuring usability. There are countless technologies being utilized by health systems to collect and capture patient data. Once accessible, clinical teams are overwhelmed with information. Health systems need to invest in technology that reduces time to insight and enables care teams to easily draw actionable information from patient data. As described by John Lee, MD, senior vice president and CMIO at Allegheny Health Network, “Now we’re overwhelmed with knowledge. Our limitation is being able to pick and choose what we need to apply to a particular situation.”
Technology to Achieve it All
What if there existed one technology that could help you achieve all of the above? It does.
A patient outcomes platform – the right patient outcomes platform – pushes health systems forward by:
Extending your reach with patient populations, enabling you to collect information and provide education to patients wherever they are.
Promoting clinical discovery by empowering clinicians to monitor patient progress, predict patient outcomes, and deliver more patient-centric, value-based care.
Automating the collection and analysis of patient outcomes data, reducing administrative burden and replacing inefficient processes
Integrating with the electronic medical record to ensure patient data is open and accessible by the entire care team regardless of role or location
Analyzing patient outcomes data to deliver actionable insights to care teams – reducing time to insight and delays in care
Becoming a “health system of the future” is complex. By utilizing a single technology to tackle the most important priorities, health systems are well-positioned for success.