Healthcare Quality and Outcomes

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9:04am Apr 15, 2020
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The Institute of Medicine (IoM) defines health care quality as "the degree to which health care services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge."  TIBCO supports these six quality domains provided by the IoM:

Effectiveness. Relates to providing care processes and achieving outcomes as supported by scientific evidence.

Efficiency. Relates to maximizing the quality of a comparable unit of health care delivered or unit of health benefit achieved for a given unit of health care resources used.

Equity. Relates to providing health care of equal quality to those who may differ in personal characteristics other than their clinical condition or preferences for care.

Patient centeredness. Relates to meeting patients' needs and preferences and providing education and support.

Safety. Relates to actual or potential bodily harm.

Timeliness. Relates to obtaining needed care while minimizing delays.

Surgical complications, such as surgical site infections that occur after a patient is discharged, are the most common reasons for unplanned hospital readmission according to a study from Northwestern Medicine and the American College of Surgeons, published February 3, 2015 in JAMA.  These infections can be reduced using TIBCO Data Science, improving virtually every IoM dimension of healthcare quality:

Predicting Hospital Surgical Site Infections, Part I – Machine Learning Workflows

Predicting Hospital Surgical Site Infections, Part II – Model Deployment and Scoring 

Predicting Hospital Surgical Site Infections, Part III – Weight of Evidence (WoE)