In December 2012 a number of hospitals made their mortality rate or so called HSMR (Hospital Standarised Mortality Ratio) public. This is an important step towards transparency of quality of care delivery. However, we cannot rely on HSMR warns Piet-Hein Buiting the new CEO of Santeon (joint force of six top clinical Dutch hospitals). Comparing hospitals based on HSMR is unreliable and the number tells us nothing about the performance of individual departments. If we really want to give insight in quality of care, we need more specific data. In this respect Piet-Hein Buiting praises Meetbaar Beter, the joint effort of the heart centres of Catharina Hospital, St. Antonius Hospital Nieuwegein and The Decision Group.
With the Value Based Healthcare Center Europe, The Decision Group strives to develop patient relevant medical outcome measures that facilitate decision making and dialogue, making quality comprehensible. We provide clear insight in the whole cycle of care around a medical condition. Together with medical specialists, professionals and patients, the outcomes that are most relevant for the patient are successfully determined. Our methodology was successfully implemented in the project Meetbaar Beter.
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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.
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.
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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