Catharina and St Antonius hospitals take the lead on Outcome Measures with The Decision Group

The Netherlands initiate innovative quality measurement in Healthcare

Catharina hospital and St Antonius hospital have started a collaboration with The Decision Group in a project to measure  quality of care with medical related indicators, focusing on Patient Value. These indicators  are known as Outcome Measures and facilitate transparent reporting of quality of care. Dutch magazine for the Healthcare sector Zorgvisie wrote an article that refers to the kickoff of our project at our Outcome Measures Symposium on March 25th. (Click the picture to download the full article). In our opinion both hospitals and The Netherlands are taking the lead in Europe with this unique project, unlike the article’s title suggests.

International connects

The Outcome Measures project aims at selecting a comprehensive set of indicators that enable us to measure the endresults of care. The Decision Group , St Antonius and Catharina hospitals are the first to carry out such a project in The Netherlands. For this project, The Decision Group established an international academic council of leading methodology experts. Prof Dr. Lars Svensson from Cleveland Clinic, Leonard Friedman from George Washington University and Federico Lega of Bocconi University participate in this council. Catharina and St Antonius invited some of the Internationally most renowned medical experts in the field of cardiology and cardiothoracal surgery to join this council.

Stakeholder involvement

To make sure the project’s outcomes are well supported and validated by all stakeholders, a Stakeholder Sounding Board was established. The Sounding Board has representatives from large Dutch health insurers (on both board- and medical advice levels),  Patients and Government.

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