What are PROMs?

Author: Orca Health

July 9, 2020

As healthcare moves to a value-based system, collecting and utilizing patient-reported feedback is critical to delivering best-practice care. 

Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) provide a way to measure and assess a patient’s condition, monitor progress, and validate treatment success. Quantifying symptoms, function, and quality of life, these validated questionnaires turn patient answers into trackable scores that can be analyzed over time.  Aggregated data can be utilized to iterate on standardized protocols and improve shared decision making.

From easy implementation to meaningful analysis, Orca Health provides a PROMs platform that helps physicians optimize the treatment they provide.


Quantify the outcomes that matter most to patients 

Digitizing and automating what once involved paper forms and a laborious clerical process, Orca provides physicians with a tool that enhances their practice without disrupting clinical flow. With several patient touchpoints along the continuum of care, Orca’s PROMs platform quantifies the quality of a patient’s health and care journey.

Pre-treatment questionnaires sent before a visit or in the waiting room set baselines that are followed in continuing intervals post-treatment. Ease of use, integration with patient experience software, automated reminders, and the ability to access surveys on any personal device leads to unparalleled patient engagement and responsiveness. 

Whether sent within an Orca Health Care Pathway or separately to patients via text or email, all collected patient data is HIPPA compliant and secure. From pain scales and quality of life to the ability to participate in their favorite activities, the success and value of care interventions become demonstrably clear.  


Check-in without the extra checkup 

Orca’s PROMs platform allows physicians to see and monitor outcomes in real-time. Patient data is aggregated into a physician's dashboard, allowing them to quickly identify and address any issues that may arise.

Remotely monitoring progress enables doctors to increase the level of care provided without an increased burden of time and effort of unnecessary interventions. Physicians can track patient progress, receive notifications for those who report worsening symptoms, and gain insight into treatment efficacy. 


Better data leads to better outcomes 

In addition to the ability to enhance patient-provider communication and treatment at the individual level, robust PROMs collection provides even more value as the data is analyzed collectively across all of a doctor’s patients and against patient registries. Analyzing patient data individually and collectively helps to inform care decisions, identify predictors of poor outcomes, refine best practices, and objectively demonstrate care value. 

Furthermore, Orca’s PROMs platform uses medical literature validated outcome instruments. As these surveys are recognized globally and already validated for a clinical setting, physicians have the ability to easily create scientific studies from gathered data. 

Implementing PROMs collection into practices embraces meaningful use of digital health. When used effectively, it can transform patient data into quality care and help make continued improvements to our healthcare system.

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