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Quality, Patient Safety, and Risk Management 2017
Which Solutions Improve Patient Care Outcomes?

author - Julie Beard
Julie Beard
author - Lois Krotz
Lois Krotz
June 20, 2017 | Read Time: 3  minutes

How broad a quality solution is in terms of performance management, patient safety, and risk management capabilities impacts how effectively providers can manage quality. In order to adapt their delivery of care and drive outcomes, providers need actionable data, timely benchmarking, and effective predictive analytics. Value-based care has necessitated deeper use of quality management and expanded regulatory requirements, including MACRA.

vendor category definitions

1. While Lacking New Juvo Customers, Conduent’s Full-Suite Platform Still Satisfies

Full-suite vendor Conduent (formerly Xerox) has the largest client base and the deepest customer adoption in all quality areas. While a majority of customers are satisfied with the platform’s data repository, most are coping with an outdated UI, pending the availability of the newest platform, Juvo. Of the full-suite vendors, Quantros has the least-satisfied customers. Developing reports in Quantros’ older platform is cumbersome, and data is difficult to access; clients on the latest version report improved navigation. This is the first KLAS report to measure patient-safety and risk-management focused vendors Verge Health, Datix, and RL Solutions. Client satisfaction with these vendors’ solutions is high.

overall performance and validated uses

2. Vizient (UHC), Premier Most Broadly Support Regulatory Requirements, Including MACRA; Medisolv Best at Proactively Supporting eCQM

A key component of performance management is meeting regulatory requirements. Premier’s and Vizient’s large customer bases are part of the vendors’ membership and GPO arrangements and require broad support, having widely varying needs for regulatory requirements. Both vendors have a high percentage of clients using them to report MACRA. Premier and Vizient clients receive frequent training on regulation changes, though some feel the vendors are slow in updating their platforms to match CMS regulations. Medisolv was the first vendor to submit eCQM data and is the most experienced in it. Medisolv’s executives routinely interact with CMS to understand regulations, and clients specifically highlight Medisolv as highly proactive in providing regulatory support.

validated regulatory requirement use

3. Smaller-Footprint-Vendor Nuance Delivers Actionable Performance Data That Improves Patient Care Outcomes

In order to drive patient care outcomes, providers need actionable data. Nuance has a smaller market share than other quality vendors. Focused primarily on performance management, Nuance customers can access actionable data to improve patient care outcomes better than customers of any other vendor. Data is easy to manipulate for ad hoc reporting and offers detailed information on clinician metrics and noncompliant patients.

Verge Health clients don’t receive sufficient actionable data, leading to burdensome manual work that requires technical knowledge. Verge Health customers report some improvements with recent platform updates.

Due to Truven Health’s benchmarking data being retroactive, customers have a hard time using it to make timely adjustments to their delivery of care. It is also difficult for them to access and build reports.

patient care outcomes vs actionable data

4. Vizient’s Transparency Drives High Use of Benchmarking and Predictive Analytics

Benchmarking tools help providers evaluate how they measure up to their peers. However, few providers use their benchmarking tools since the data is often retrospective and thus less actionable. Vizient has a comprehensive database and transparent data, and all interviewed clients use Vizient’s benchmarking. Almost all interviewed Truven Health and Premier customers also use their vendors’ benchmarking tools.

Predictive analytics allow providers to be more proactive in improving patient care and financial outcomes. Few providers use these tools since they are still maturing and since few offer functionality beyond trending data. Vizient has the highest percentage of customers using predictive analytics, and many say they have greater transparency for assessing financial risks. While Quantros offers a full suite for quality management, few customers use their benchmarking or predictive analytics capabilities.

meaningful benchmarking
author - Natalie Jamison
Natalie Jamison
author - Robert Ellis
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Robert Ellis
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