Introducing Healthcare World Standards
To understand the quality of our healthcare delivery, we must understand the quality of our healthcare outcomes
As the way in which we deliver healthcare has evolved, so should the way in which we measure its effectiveness. There is more data available to us now than ever before and we should be utilising that data to understand how well our systems, hospitals, clinicians and treatments are performing.
It is the function of healthcare to optimise health, and assessment of clinical services we provide should be based on outcomes.
The simplest metric of all is an understanding of the number of patients that come to a provider sick and leave well. But that is, of course, a massive oversimplification of what we’re trying to achieve.
To provide a meaningful analysis we need to consider a huge range of factors that need to be broken down into the full spectrum of specialisms. The measures of success in cancer care, for example, may have commonality with those of general practice but they will differ in some crucial ways.
Healthcare World has been working on the creation of a set of individual standards for particular specialities and areas of care to include: