Patient-reported data hold potential for healthcare organizations

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November 6, 2012

Patient-reported data can assist with managing care and improving outcomes, but only if it is integrated properly with clinical information systems and physician workflow, according to presenters at the recent American Medical Informatics Association annual symposium. Some major academic medical centers, such as the Cleveland Clinic, have succeeded in using patient-reported outcomes to identify issues relevant to patients and areas in need of quality improvement. The data also shows outcomes and could demonstrate the value of pay-for-performance reimbursement.

Although many hospitals may not fully integrate patient-reported data into systems, most of the representatives at the symposium noted the value of having additional patient information and surveys. However, many representatives also reported that physicians are less likely to use data collected from patients if it is not easily accessible through the electronic health records system.

Source: InformationWeek