In a review by the Productivity Commission, public health spending was reported as the biggest rise in government spending. Federal and state government spending on health has risen by 74 % in the past decade. The question now has this investment in health spending led to an improvement in health outcomes?
One of the fundamental problems is how do you measure a health outcome? Organisations know the importance of collecting and analysing data but then what do they do with the data in order to measure a health outcome. Then there is the issue of how can you use this information to inform policy and funding so that the Government can monitor and measure whether there has been an improvement in health outcomes.
During research that I conducted with government bodies, research institutions, academics and hospitals, I identified four strategies that may address some of these issues.
1. Define the health outcome
- Develop a shared understanding about intent of treatment and reality of outcomes
- Ensure clinical interaction of patient experiences
- Illustrate deviating expectations of health outcomes
2. Collect the data to inform policy and strategy planning
- Turn your data into outcome measures
- Use performance reporting to achieve better outcomes
- Develop vital methodological instruments to improve data collection
3. Improve health outcomes through policy design
- Manage your expenditure growth by reviewing existing policy
- Address both technical and social efficiency
- Improve public health outcomes through policy innovation
4. Develop policies to inform budget decisions
- Determine the best policy outcome for your organisation’s budget
- Compare policy and practice implications by incorporating financials and patient experiences
- Use the data collected to measure and benchmark outcomes of treatment
The Measuring Health Outcomes conference, taking place in June 2016 will examine ways to create better value in health by focusing on outcomes. Book your place by March 18th to save $400.