Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Healthcare Experts Balance Patient-Reported Data Promise, Problems -

Interesting use of Patient Responses linked to the EHR.

The Cleveland Clinic has collected patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data on more than 720,500 patient visits since 2007, including upwards of 83,000 in its Epic MyChart patient portal, according to neurologist Dr. Irene Katzan, director of the clinic's Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. The database contains about 13 million responses from 238,000 patients, and 1,062 providers actively contribute to data collection.

When patients arrive for appointments at several Cleveland Clinic departments, they enter information on tablets or on touchscreen kiosks in the waiting areas; the organization has deployed about 385 tablets for this purpose, Katzan said. Patients also can enter information online through Epic's MyChart, though only 30% of data collection is happening this way.

Healthcare Experts Balance Patient-Reported Data Promise, Problems -

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