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Data Driven Home Health Care: Important Trends You Need to Know

in: Company News, Home Health Care

There are many trends driving home health care management software. One important trend is data driven home health care. As more providers collect ever-growing amounts of patient data, the call is now for the use of such data to improve healthcare outcomes. How can home healthcare organizations use this data?

A Wealth of Data

The wealth of data now available to home health care business is growing. Home health care management software compiles data from many areas of your business, but that’s just the start. There’s also data coming from sensors, wearable devices, electronic trackers, and yes, patient records. All of this provides an incredible amount of data.

Almost every part of the healthcare systems provides data of some type. Collecting, synthesizing, and using this data is the key to the future of a home health business.

The Rise of the Value-Based Model

The current provider-centric model appears to be about to change to a value-based model of care. Physicians, for example, are now being tracked by outcomes, patient satisfaction, quality of care, and similar metrics.

With the growing trend toward value-based healthcare, data becomes increasingly important. Being able to provide such data means the difference between a fairly easy shift to the value-based model or a challenging transition.

Transparency in Healthcare Costs

The last trend impacting home health care business is the growing awareness that transparency around healthcare costs is essential. The current administration’s push to force healthcare providers to post the costs for elective and common procedures and tests is one sign of the demand from consumers for greater transparency into the often complex and cumbersome world of healthcare pricing.

Home health care software can help agencies and providers shift to this model. By establishing a list of prices and providing them upon request to patients and their families, you can demonstrate transparency around your pricing models that builds trust.

Using Data Wisely

You can use the data you’ve collected to answer several key questions. These questions can lead you to ways to improve the quality of home health care your agency provides, better patient outcomes, and higher client satisfaction rates.

  1. How can I use the data to get to know my patients better? For example, if data from a wearable device indicates that Jane walks 5,000 steps daily but on Sundays, she walks only 2,000 steps, find out why. Perhaps Jane, a patient in her 80s, walks daily with a home health aide but on Sundays, the aide has the day off. Maybe you could ask a family member visiting Jane on Sundays to accompany her on her daily walk around the neighborhood, so Jane stays active, an important part of her physical therapy. Such small clues can lead to better results when you use them to help your patients.
  2. How can goal-setting improve the patient experience? Perhaps Joe, another patient and a former businessman, does better with goals. Give him a goal to track his sodium intake and eat less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. His love of data and analysis as well as his need for competition can encourage him to “compete” with himself on a daily basis and “win” his personal best, all in a quest to lower his sodium intake and follow his doctor’s advice to improve his high blood pressure. Other goals can be for your internal team, perhaps safety goals, or lower rates of infection and readmission. All can be tracked and measured using the data from home health care software.

The right technology adds support and value to a home health care organization. Home health care software encompasses so much more than accounting software. With the right software, you can add value, improve patient outcomes, and build a better business.

Contact Mindover Software for more information on home health care technology. We can help you find the right system to meet your needs. For more information, contact us or call 512-990-3994.