Business Insider article Posted April 19, 2020 12:04:24As healthcare evolves, we will need to think beyond our current diagnostic models and models of diagnosis, to better understand what is actually happening with our patients.
A recent report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison showed that we need to move away from the model of diagnosis that was developed decades ago and instead start looking at how the medical system works.
The University of Washington Medical Center and UW-Madison Medical Center were recently awarded $9 million in a new NIH-funded project to better model the care we provide to patients.
The goal is to understand how healthcare professionals interact with patients and how they work together to improve patient outcomes.
The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).
According to Dr. Scott Smith, lead author of the new study, “We are seeing the rise of a more complex diagnosis model, which has led to a number of different types of healthcare systems, including medical centers, hospitals, clinics, and clinics in rural and urban settings.”
Smith said the current model is based on an individual’s diagnosis, which can be based on a range of factors, such as whether the person has heart disease, diabetes, or other chronic conditions.
But Smith said, “The model is flawed.
It fails to recognize that, in addition to being a medical diagnosis, the patient is also a consumer of healthcare services.”
In other words, the care provided to a patient depends on their needs.
The system is focused on the patient’s needs and how their healthcare services are delivered, rather than how well those services are working for them.
“If we’re going to understand why a patient is in the emergency department, we need a more sophisticated way to understand that,” Smith said.
The new research has been funded by the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the NCATS.
Smith said that, over the past 20 years, the number of diagnoses in healthcare has increased dramatically.
“The average time spent on a hospital bed has doubled, from 1.2 hours to 4.4 hours,” Smith noted.
This is due to a myriad of factors such as a shift to “mobile medicine” in healthcare, the development of better diagnostic tools, and the development and adoption of new therapies.
“The rise of the mobile medicine paradigm, coupled with the increasing cost of mobile technologies, has created an environment where healthcare professionals are less likely to perform diagnostic tests,” Smith explained.
“We need to change that.
If we can make it easier for clinicians to do simple tasks that we do for patients, that’s going to lead to more improved outcomes.”
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