Real Results Demonstrate Success
By Susan Heck
In today’s healthcare environment, the need for reliable data has leapt to the forefront of program requirements. Evolving technology continually changes how care is delivered, and taking advantage of the latest offerings as a means to improve program performance has never been more important to clinical, operational, and financial success. Within the complex and diverse spectrum of the neuroscience continuum, the stroke specialty has moved into the spotlight as an area just beginning to mature in terms of service line organization and data collection and reporting for quality improvement.
The nationwide statistics on Stroke are concerning… Not only is Stroke the fifth-leading cause of death and the #1 leading cause of disability, there are approximately 800,000 annually, costing the country a staggering $34 Billion. And despite (or perhaps because of) this large and prevalent patient population, programs across the country are largely unable to effectively treat stroke, mostly due to a lack of clinical infrastructure, accurate data to drive practice improvement, or on-site staff to manage the care continuum from pre-admission through post-discharge.
Only 5% – 40% of eligible patients receive t-PA – a large range to consider, but even at the maximum end, giving patients the right treatment only an average of 40% of the time poses a serious risk to outcomes. Further, approximately 78,000 additional patients per year with ischemic stroke could benefit from neurointervention. Again, this is a large group of patients who could receive appropriate care, but don’t. [Read more…]