Guest Blog by Michael Green - Offering lead, IBM Case Manager
What is next for case management in healthcare? Lets start with some interesting statistics. Medical information is doubling every 5 years, and the majority of it is unstructured – not just health or financial data, but reports, notes and documentation – including things like digital images, xrays and lab reports. Another interesting statistic is that each year in the US, 1.5 million people are incorrectly prescribed medication, and up to 98,000 die of preventable errors in hospitals alone. We trust our doctors, we trust our system, but at critical areas it is not meeting that trust.
The next steps for case management in healthcare is to begin the process of making sense of the growing information available and to provide better guidance to the healthcare professionals who we trust to make our life and death decisions. Capture the information wherever it may be housed, analyze it – both unstructured and structured – and provide both focused individual data and objective cross-patient analytics to our medical providers so that they can make the right decisions to affect positive outcomes. The medical establishment worldwide has come to the realization that some of the ways it can rein in the cost of healthcare is by being proactive: by identifying high-risk patients early on; by putting in place home based health plans to help those patients reduce their risk; and by making better, more informed, decisions. This is not just a US trend, promoted by the Affordable Health Care Act, it is a worldwide initiative. The ability of advanced case management to provide the information and analytics to improve investigation and decision-making is a key capability in the next phase of medical care.
IBM Patient Care and Insight is an application written on top of IBM Case Manager. It brings together assets from IBM Research and from the Watson initiative to provide powerful predictive and analytical tools to help healthcare professionals make more informed decisions. It also provides access to patient information, next steps, best practices and collaboration within a single web based interface that can allow all those involved in a patient’s care – in the hospital, the home and the wider community based medical establishment - to have a single reference and tool for care management. IPCI is the first step in bringing the power of advanced analytics in an interconnected world to help rein in the cost of healthcare and provide better outcomes to patients.
Please join us at Impact Global Conference to discuss the Patient Care and Insights solution tomorrow, Wednesday, May 1 - 12:00–12:45 AM