In the UK, NHS Hospitals have been monitoring Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) since 2009 in four operations. UK law has mandated the reporting of PROMs in eleven procedures from April 2017 in all private hospitals.
Across Australia, health departments are rolling out PROMs initiatives. Examples include NSW Health’s Patient Reported Measures Framework intended to transform the health system – improving outcomes, experience and quality of care. Victorian Agency for Health Information, with the assistance of Safer Care Victoria, plans to collect PROMs data on an ongoing basis from Victorian health services, including hospitals.
The widespread use of generic PROMs across all hospital departments are likely to contribute to a significant reduction in HACs (Hospital Acquired Complications) by expanding the dataset for performance evaluation and become an additional tool to realise best practice for improvement in health safety and quality patient care.
With greater scrutiny being placed on sustainable health practices, hospitals are under increasing pressure to improve efficiency and outcomes. Integral to achieving these is the need to establish a baseline for current productivity performance and the measurement of patient outcomes so future improvements can be transparently and unambiguously identified.
At eHealthier we have a specific program of assessments which hospitals can use to establish exactly that.
This system is designed to evaluate the quality of care or treatment effectiveness on an ongoing basis as patients enter into, and transit their way through, the health care system.
We recommend hospitals utilise two functional PROMs on the selected patients admitted.
- A Generic PROM
We recommend the generic PROMIS 10
- A Disease Specific ePROM
We recommend the specific ePROMs as set out in ICHOM ‘s Standard Sets
These should be completed at or prior to admission, at or immediately post-discharge and quarterly for the next 12 months.