For many patients, an encounter with the healthcare system starts at the hospital. After the initial hospital stay, care might continue at a skilled nursing facility (SNF). From there, the patient’s goal might be to return home (with or without home health services) and
eventually regain his or her prior level of self-care.
Throughout this process, healthcare organizations capture and analyze
data to produce improved patient outcomes. This information is helpful for
real-time diagnostics and short-term treatment planning for both immediate and post-acute care.
From subsequent analyses, we can project a patient’s future care at the
micro (personal) level and the macro (system) level. Based on aggregated
data derived from previous patients’ records and outcomes, providers and
investors can make healthcare and business decisions. The quality of decisions, however, is predicated on the quality of the data. That is, good data
lead to good decisions while bad data lead to bad decisions.
SNF1 to SNF2) by leveling the playing field.
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