BOSTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Health Dialog today announced that results from its recent study on Shared Decision Making have been included in the Healthcare Leadership Council’s (HLC) ‘The Future is Here: A Compendium of Healthcare Innovation’ as one example of a health improvement concept that is making a positive impact on transforming today’s healthcare system. The document can be downloaded by visiting the HLC’s website at http://www.hlc.org/TheFutureIsHere.
“This is a critical time in healthcare and we are pleased to be a part of such an important movement which aims to further innovate the current system and improve the overall quality of care and reduce costs”
“This is a critical time in healthcare and we are pleased to be a part of such an important movement which aims to further innovate the current system and improve the overall quality of care and reduce costs,” said Robert Mandel, MD, chief executive officer, Health Dialog. “Our study is a great example of how Shared Decision Making can play a vital role by fostering a patient-centric, engaging approach to healthcare which leads to real behavior change and, ultimately, tangible results.”
‘Enhanced Support For Shared Decision Making Reduced Costs Of Care For Patients With Preference Sensitive Conditions’, authored by David Veroff, senior vice president of innovation at Health Dialog, compared the effects on patients engaging in key health and treatment decisions receiving a usual level of support with the effects of receiving enhanced levels of support. The study, published in the 2013 February issue of Health Affairs, shows that compared with patients who received the usual level of support, patients who received enhanced support had:
- 5.3% lower medical costs (including 8.7% lower costs for those with heart conditions);
- 12.5% fewer hospital admissions; and
- 9.9% fewer preference-sensitive surgeries (including 20.9% fewer preference-sensitive heart surgeries)
“Health Dialog is demonstrating how improving the decision making process between physicians and patients can improve health and curb costs,” said Mary R. Grealy, president of the Healthcare Leadership Council. “What Health Dialog is achieving exemplifies the message of this compendium, that today’s healthcare leaders are successfully shaping a 21st century system that keeps people healthy, improves patient outcomes, maintains affordability and combats the escalation in chronic disease.”
HLC’s Compendium of Healthcare Innovation profiles metric-supported programs and initiatives that are making significant advancements in elevating healthcare value and individuals’ well-being, and serves as a blueprint for accelerated, system-wide improvements. It showcases real world examples from HLC members that illustrate a broad array of best practices and new approaches that can be adopted by organizations, workplaces, and communities throughout the country.
About Healthcare Leadership Council
The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within American healthcare, is the exclusive forum for the nation’s healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans. Members of HLC – hospitals, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, biotech firms, health product distributors, pharmacies and academic health centers – envision a quality-driven system that fosters innovation. For more information, visit www.hlc.org.
About Health Dialog Services Corporation
Health Dialog Services Corporation is a leading provider of healthcare analytics and decision support. The firm is a private, wholly-owned subsidiary of Bupa, a global provider of healthcare services. Health Dialog helps health plans, employers and physician groups improve healthcare quality while reducing overall costs. Company offerings include health coaching for medical decisions, chronic conditions, and wellness; population analytic solutions; and consulting services. Health Dialog helps individuals participate in their own healthcare decisions, develop more effective relationships with their physicians, and live longer, healthier, happier lives. For more information, visit www.healthdialog.com.