Evidence is key to attaining best outcomes outside the four walls of the hospital

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Evidence is key to attaining best outcomes outside the four walls of the hospital

February 19, 2021
Health IT

Because pre- and post-acute providers are moving more slowly than their hospital-based counterparts to adopt technology that can ease the transition to value, they risk missing out on the benefits of evidence-based guidelines. Evidence creates the foundation of all value-based contracting arrangements, guiding payers and providers to reach consensus around the treatments and tests that have been scientifically proven to lead to the best outcomes – and, conversely, avoiding the use of unnecessary and ineffective interventions.

“Integrating evidence-based practices through clinical operations can control rising costs, reduce duplication and other inefficiencies, and position the business to be a successful player in the reforming post-acute continuum,” according to Black Book Research.

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For example, care plans built upon recommendations from published evidence-based guidelines contain vital information that guides clinician decision-making, with the potential to improve patient outcomes as well as in mortality, cost, length of stay, and readmission rate.

How evidence improves patient care and outcomes
A rigorous, systematic approach to cultivating evidence and incorporating that evidence into care plans can help improve outcomes of individuals who are at high risk for negative consequences. These include poor health outcomes, ED visits, and acute care readmissions. Targeted interventions and proactive management strategies for controlling and alleviating disease-related symptoms and for mitigating risk are key. Empowering providers and health plans to proactively manage patients using a team-based collaborative approach is essential.

As patients and their caregivers are part of the care team, evidence-based engagement techniques help bolster patient engagement in their own care, mitigate non-compliance, and minimize barriers; thus, effectively coordinate healthcare resources and provide community support.

Equally important is the platform in which the content is stored. Caregivers require a professionally developed, user-friendly content management system in which interdisciplinary care plans built upon evidence-based best practices can be customized to the needs of the individual facility.

As healthcare delivery increasingly occurs outside the four walls of the hospital, care teams must find ways to improve collaboration to better manage patients with chronic illness. Accessing evidence via a user-friendly content management system provides the roadmap that leads to enhanced collaboration and care coordination.

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