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Data-Driven Care Decisions at End-of-Life

Let the Data Do the Work: Bridging the Home Health to Hospice Continuum for Timely End-of-Life Transitions

 

August 3, 2021

During those critical days and weeks preceding end of life, patients and caregivers rely on healthcare providers to determine the right type and quantity of care. Phrases like “just right care plan” and “right care, right time” are commonly shared across the industry, but is that all buzz? How do clinicians really know what is right? Can the experience, education and instinct of clinical care teams be enough to shape care plans and guide patients to the best possible outcomes?

Clinical experience, education and instinct are certainly important—but at best, care planning without data intelligence is still based in subjectivity. No clinician can say with any degree of certainty that a home health patient has a 90 percent chance of dying in the next 90 days; or that a hospice patient is 97 percent likely to die within the next seven to 12 days—clinicians don’t have that type of power, at least not on their own.