Altarum’s Center for Appropriate Care focuses on the development of clinical decision support aides to improve quality measurement, empower health care providers with fact-based decision tools, and provide appropriate usage guidelines for under- and over-utilized care. Our development team approaches each project from a broad point of view with the goal of transforming patient and provider behavior, setting the foundation for long-term systemic change in health care delivery. This holistic perspective is what guides transformative change, such as reducing cost from unnecessary treatments, promoting patient engagement through education, and optimizing preventive strategies and providing alternative care solutions at the point of care.
The Center for Appropriate Care has been awarded two Health Care Innovation Awards by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in the past three years. These two awards are focused on the innovative creation and deployment of clinical decision support (CDS) tools and care coordination strategies to improve how care is coordinated and delivered. Our team offers expertise in workflow analysis, agile product development, rapid cycle improvement monitoring, and quality measurement. It also offers domain experience in radiology, surgical, and dental care appropriateness criteria and guidelines.
Clinical Decision Support
Improve patient care outcomes by removing barriers and connecting providers to relevant health information, guidelines and data with CDS tools at the point of care. These tools are designed to integrate with the physician work-flow by easily and quickly guiding physicians through the decision making process. Based on a real time approach, decision support provides evidence-based rationale, local best practices, and other relevant information to provide the most appropriate care solution.
Care Coordination Strategies
Craft and execute effective care coordination strategies to improve the flow of patients and information between health care providers. Our focus is on increasing awareness for care providers and supplying them with the tools necessary to better identify specific health issues, comply with care guidelines, and coordinate care across providers. The coordination strategies include closing the loop via health information technology integration, creating the technology infrastructure needed for value-based care and quality improvement, encouraging sustained, system-wide improvement in health care delivery.