Transparency Transparency in healthcare is not just about data, or creating analytical reports or posting results to public websites.
It’s really about understanding cost, quality, risks and consequences in a way that allows healthcare organizations to evaluate their performance more completely and to take action faster. For consumers, healthcare transparency means having the right information at the right time and in the right form in order to engage in value based healthcare decision making.
To build a true picture of any healthcare system, we must identify the data that accurately illustrates reality regarding quality and cost, and then publish that data in a way that people understand. Publishing this information triggers action: Doctors manage what gets measured, and what gets measured gets improved.
Full disclosure of treatment quality and cost is an essential building block in creating a competitive, choice-driven system. When everyone is able to see what we are paying for and how much, we can redesign the payment system and reorganize healthcare around the needs of the patient.
Data must be transformed into meaningful, actionable insights:
First we must see, then we can take action. Internal data and reporting systems must talk to one another so that leaders can see what’s happening across organizational silos.
What key business functions or quality indicators are the greatest points of pain in your organization today? What do your data and reporting tools tell you about root cause? Do your analytical systems produce information fast and in a form that helps the front line take appropriate action? Or, are your quality improvement efforts strapped by multiple data stores that don’t talk to each other and a backlog of report requests in IT? Select this link to view a short PowerPoint presentation on the Clinical Business Intelligence Network (CBIN) or learn more about what membership in CBIN can do for you here. An even more detailed FAQ is available here.