Last week on August 12, VitalHealth, along with the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM), hosted our first Executive Forum: Healthcare Outcomes at the Weisman Art Museum on the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis campus. The event brought together healthcare professionals to discuss why healthcare outcomes are important for all parties involved: the healthcare systems, payers and the patients.
Patient Reported Outcomes
Joining us from ICHOM was Caleb Stowell, MD, VP of Research and Development. Stowell provided an overview of how the ICHOM organization works to develop Standard Sets for chronic conditions. ICHOM takes an international approach getting input from physicians, researchers, and patients across multiple countries. These physicians, researchers and patient representatives then define what is included in the final standard set. Currently there are 12 completed standard sets with a goal of adding ten more by the end of 2015.
Dr. Ryan Uitti, Professor of Neurology and Deputy Director for the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for Science of Health Care Delivery, presented a value study comparing length of stay and release to a skilled nursing facility for Mayo patients receiving surgical knee replacements at the three Mayo Clinic campuses in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla., and Phoenix. The results of the study led to changes in practice for all surgeons and the refreshing of health outcome measures.
Talking about outcomes from the patient perspective was Archelle Georgiou, MD, President of Georgiou Consulting and Health Expert for KSTP-TV (Twin Cities ABC affiliate). Georgiou shared with us a journey that she took with a family member and how confusing making decisions could be with all the resources available. Relevant healthcare outcomes matter to patients when used as an individual benefit as long as the metrics are put into context by the medical professional.
Concluding the morning, a panel discussion allowed audience members to ask questions and expand on or bring forward new topics for input from the presenters. The panel was moderated by Dr. Les Wold, VitalHealth's Chief Medical Officer.
For more detail on the topics above, click here to view the slide presentations.