One of the core concepts of health care reform is to engage patients in a way that allows them to understand “what and why” they need to do and contribute to making the decisions of what care is best for them. That requires much more interaction with the patient than traditional health care has involved. In addition, the information patients are given must be very specific to that patient. That type of very specific patient information simply does not exist on a large scale. There is plenty of general information around, but with big data analytics, we can now start treating patients not as one patient of our whole population, but as one patient of a group of very similar patients. So for example, we no longer have to look at moderate dry eye patients all as the same treatment category. We can actually analyze each specific patient against very similar patient outcomes. The patient is a 69 year old female that has arthritis and is on three specific medications. Big data analytics allows us to evaluate if that specific group of patients respond differently to a treatment than the global population does. If we are moving toward being able to target our treatments to specific patients better, we also need to be able to provide specific patient educational materials.
Your EHR should have the ability to link these resources that will provide specific guidelines and instructions for your patients. The vendors supporting the EyeCare Registry are directly assisting providers in accomplishing better patient compliance, which is a key in obtaining the best clinical outcomes.