It’s no secret that technology is part of the major driver helping to improve care for millions of clients relying on home health care services. There are numerous technological innovations, including devices and apps, that allow people to stay in close communication with their doctors and nurses and also monitor their health.
Now, WellSky Home Health CareInsights is taking technology to other level to help improve the quality of care patients receive at home. They are employing an analytics program that takes information from more than 7 million (patient) episodes to improve overall care for future clients.
According to the Kansas City Business Journal blog, Wellsky adds data analytics software for home health care providers, written by Lily Lieberman:
“Analytics have long existed in health care, and they’re going to be important on a population level for a long time,” Wes Little, vice president of analytics, told the Kansas City Business Journal. “But where WellSky really has a differentiated viewpoint is the impact that high-level predictive intelligence can have (when the data is) actually in the hands of caregivers.”
Using predictive technologies, this may help to improve the quality of care for other clients and assist home care providers in avoiding ineffective or inefficient methodologies to support clients in their home.
It might be most appropriately compared to weather predictive technologies where forecasters can more accurately determine what the weather will be in a week, a month, and a year based on not just current conditions, but also past situations.
These predictive models and technology could vastly improve not only the efficiency of home health care providers, but also reduce situations where clients fail to receive the level of care they need or where providers were not as prepared for the changes that could occur in the future.
It all comes down to improving patient outcomes and relying on predictive technology may help to boost those home care agencies and companies that focus on these advancements. Also, according to the Kansas City Business Journal blog:
With the industry shifting from a fee-for-service to a value-based care model, providers increasingly turn to platforms to help improve patient outcomes. This significantly affects home health care as the industry works to provide affordable care in outpatient settings.
For the most part, until recently, these analytical solutions for patient care have been reserved for mostly primary care providers (ie. doctors) and not necessarily those who do the grunt work, as it were, providing direct care for those individuals at home. Now, with this innovation, that could change and so long as privacy is protected, patient outcomes may be improved.
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