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Mile stone in outcome measurement of medical interventions

Novel model for automatized insight into quality of care without additional administrative burden

Dutch healthcare analytics firms LOGEX and Value2Health have developed a new model for providing automatized short-term clinical outcomes per intervention.

In cooperation with local gastroenterologists, Dutch healthcare analytics firms LOGEX and Value2Health have developed a new model for providing automatized short-term clinical outcomes per intervention. This big data approach, based on hospital information system data will be published this week in BMJ Open – the open access label of the British Medical Journal. The published methodology, Textbook Outcome, is promising, since it can be applied to a large number of high-volume medical interventions without any additional registration. This publication marks an important step towards outcome measurement of healthcare for medical specialists – and ultimately for patients – especially suited for interventions where traditional methods and extensive clinical registration are not feasible.

Today, both patients and health care providers require more transparency of and insight into the quality of care, yet it is undesirable to burden doctors with additional administrative tasks. Using the novel approach – Textbook Outcome – we demonstrate for the first time insight into short term outcomes, without additional administration.

Textbook Outcome is a composite outcome measure that considers whether a patient has received an optimal treatment process without any adverse events: no re-interventions, and excess inpatient stay and no return to the emergency room. The novelty of this approach is that it can be determined on the basis of ready-available hospital information system data which is necessary for reimbursement from health insurance companies. Until now, this data is not used for providing insight into the quality of care. Yet, by remodeling this data into clinical indicators and combining the indicators into the Textbook Outcome approach, this data can also be used for monitoring quality of care.

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