How data can help in identifying care gap measures

care gap measures

Regular quality measures keep healthcare disparities in check. A quality measure is an excellent way for a healthcare provider to find the various health disparities that affect their services. 

It has been found that care gaps create health disparities and are also costly to healthcare providers.

To close care gaps and tackle the various health disparities, it is essential to track and analyze health data. Care management platforms are built to track data and identify the various care gaps.

The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set is one of the most widely used measure systems to close care gaps and improve the quality of care provided.

Let’s take a look at how data can help in identifying care gap measures:

What are gaps in healthcare?

Gaps in healthcare are the health disparities between the care a patient should get and the one they receive. 

Gaps in care are determined in various ways. 

A patient at-risk or a failure to share a patient’s detailed health history with their care provider or specialist is also a gap in care.

Gaps in care impact the overall services that are being provided to the patient. A lack of proper care is also detrimental for the providers as it directly affects their ratings and revenue. 

Closing these care gaps is essential to improve outcomes for the patient and the providers. 

Identifying and leveraging the gaps

Care management software, with the help of data tracking and analysis, identifies the care gaps.  Providers can then leverage this data in many ways for improving the quality of care.

In value-based care, the providers’ main aim is to give their patients optimum care and services to keep their ratings up to par. 

With detailed patient data, providers manage to give their patients the right care leading to increased patient satisfaction. A satisfied patient brings a good rating, which in turn is reflected in their billing. 

Data is also useful in identifying at-risk patients and the patients who have missed care or received incomplete care. 

A Care management platform tracks all the necessary data and identifies the gaps in healthcare, which are then used for improvement. 

Care gap measures work for the welfare of both patients and providers. It makes sure that patients are getting the optimum care, resulting in better health.  At the same time, it helps providers close gaps in their services, leading to better healthcare outcomes and ultimately better ratings.