The top 5 tips for an easy switch to digital Clinical Outcomes data collection
There is a true desire among managers and clinicians in the NHS and private healthcare sector, to embrace emerging technologies and remove the reliance on paper, particularly when gathering clinical outcomes data.
Digital systems can sometimes cause anxiety though, often stemming from a cautious approach to change, a fear of having to transition between multiple systems, duplication of entry into multiple systems and concerns around data security.
However, with paper reporting being so ineffective at supporting decision making with real time analysis, it is imperative that data collection is switched to digital as soon as possible.
Here’s our top 5 tips for an easy switch to digital Clinical Outcomes data collection;
- Use a trusted software supplier
Using a trusted software supplier that is experienced in public sector implementation can overcome many of these perceived problems and enable the user to gain instant control, with the information they require, available on demand.
- Use a company that can facilitate data exchange
To minimise data entry and to maximise the resource you can allocate to clinical outcomes data collection, use a company that can create a link between the databases you need to populate, so that you only have to enter the data once.
- Use a company with experience working in clinical outcomes data collection
To ensure that the software you select best suits the requirements set out in the mandatory areas of PROM’s recording, use a company that has experience in providing exactly what you need. Software providers that are experienced in navigating the legal and practical requirements of PROM’s data collection will be able to anticipate problems and provide effective solutions to overcome them.
- Use an agile software solution
Sometimes an off the shelf solution doesn’t fulfil all your clinical outcomes requirements and you may require modifications to suit your specific needs. If this is the case, make sure you choose a clinical outcomes software provider that is agile enough to provide a solution that can be tailored to meet your needs.
- Compliance is the key
When you launch your digital clinical outcomes collection solution, make sure you test the system first. Switching from paper to digital enables you to benefit from a soft launch making sure your new system works seamlessly. Remember, the digital outcomes software will perform at its best and provide the insight beneficial to on-demand reporting, when patients are engaged and compliance by clinical users is high.
PROMs are already mandatory in some areas of healthcare, for the NHS National PROMs initiative and also in the private sector where the CMA has directed that a number of procedures be reported on. Healthcare is also seeing the emergence of newly mandated clinical registries such as the British Spine Registry (BSR), all now requiring a trusted digital solution.
Healthcare providers are committed to providing the best possible quality of care for their patients and are keen to understand and share PROM’s results. PROM’s software should therefore provide real-time data, be easy to access, simple to use for both clinicians and their patients and be capable of layering information in a way that makes the results easily reported and truly meaningful.
Amplitude Clinical Outcomes provide an industry recognised and NHS trusted PROM’s software solution that is reliable, easy to use and compliant. The system has been designed to make the collection of outcomes simple and part of the normal work routine, whilst also delivering clinically validated data that is useful and meaningful to all stakeholders. Follow this link to view case studies showing the system in action.
To learn more about Amplitude and its software for capturing outcomes data, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0333 014 6363