Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)
Our PROMs solution uses standardised and validated questionnaires which patients complete to assist with the diagnosis, monitoring, measurement and treatment of conditions. PROMs benefit patient care by facilitating communication between clinicians and patients to assist in improving the quality of health care provided.
Benefits of PROMs
There are many evidence-based studies that support the effectiveness of PROMs in benefiting patient care. Medical-Objects has used this evidence as the basis for creating our own electronic PROMs solution, which moves the focus away from paper-based reporting to improve both the patient’s and clinician’s ability to make better decisions. Some of the reported benefits include:
- Patient feedback on their care to drive improved services
- Capturing a patient’s current health perception
- Reduced drop out and improved outcomes
- Improved ability to detect worsening of symptoms (Lambert, 2010)
- Provide information that may have otherwise been missed (Worthen & Lambert, 2007)
- Ensured voice of service user is heard (Greenhalgh, 2009)
Waiting Room Scenario
Below is an example (based purely on mental health monitoring) of how the technology can operate in a clinical practice and what can be achieved with the PROMs functionality.
1. Waiting Room
In the waiting room, a patient is handed a tablet with a pre-loaded questionnaire such as Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21).
2. Patient Data Entry
The patient completes and submits the responses.
3. Report Generation
The PROMs form automatically determines where the patient lies on the scale and creates an instant HL7 report that is sent – via real-time secure messaging – directly into the health provider’s clinical software (such as Medical-Director, Best Practice, Genie or Medical-Objects Explorer Online).
Finally, the doctor can then review the current status of the patient based on the responses and score provided, allowing for preparation prior to the consultation with the patient.