December 31, 2012
You may have recently heard the term “Institute”—as in “Heart Institute” or “Cancer Institute.” TriHealth recently launched both to improve patient outcomes and experiences, and control costs. Institutes benefit patients by having a dedicated team of experts coordinate seamless care for one-stop convenience.
For example, the TriHealth Heart Institute addresses all aspects of cardiac, vascular and thoracic disease and chronic diseases. The TriHealth Cancer Institute focuses on diagnosis and treatment using a multispecialty team approach. These programs are great examples of health care providers, nurses and physicians managing complex health needs.
Working toward better care through collaboration.
Institutes closely integrate physicians and hospitals to develop better systems of care, foster collaboration and enhance clinical quality. Institutes do this by using proven, evidence-based protocols in treating patients, aided by electronic patient records that speed information and improve timely diagnosis. They also benefit the community by delivering the ability to
- Collect more robust clinical data to expand researchparticipation and community health initiatives.
- Track operating performance to quantify cost savings and outcomes, and document improvements in care delivery.
Institutes also offer a full spectrum of prevention services. Keeping people healthy and out of the hospital is fundamental to health care reform, and Institutes are organized to deliver on this promise.
How will we know the Institute model is successful?
Important measures include quality improvements such as better treatment outcomes and lower re-admission rates. Reductions in per unit costs and overall cost of care per patient also are important. For employers, these measures reflect the potential for longer-term savings in their team members’ health care costs.