John Haughom, MD

Senior Advisor, Health Catalyst

John Haughom, MD is an experienced healthcare executive with proven expertise in technology-enabled innovation, developing results-oriented strategic plans, leading multifaceted organization-wide change, and directing complex operations. He has a strong record of turning vision into effective strategies and successfully implementing initiatives resulting in value including higher quality, safer care at the lowest possible cost. His broad knowledge of healthcare and emerging healthcare technologies is coupled with his recognized leadership abilities, strong communication skills, and demonstrated ability to contribute to organizational goals such as improved clinical outcomes, lower costs, improved access to care, and increased profitability. After practicing for 15 years as an internist and gastroenterologist, Dr. Haughom assumed a senior executive role with responsibilities for system-wide automation, budgeting, customer support, database administration, healthcare delivery, information technology, quality control, research, safety, and strategic planning. Dr. Haughom became President and CEO of a firm focused on health care transformation through consulting, strategic planning, mentoring inexperienced physician leaders, involvement in regional and national reform movements, membership on boards of leading edge organizations committed to improving the value of healthcare, and partnership with other like-minded organizations with similar aspirations and goals. As Senior Vice President of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety for the premiere health care system in the Northwest spanning three states (Oregon, Washington and Alaska), Dr. Haughom developed and implemented a system-wide quality improvement strategy, comprehensive patient safety plan, and comprehensive system-wide information technology strategy.

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Five Deming Principles That Help Healthcare Process Improvement

Dr. John Haughom explains 5 key Deming processes that can be applied to healthcare process improvement. These include:

1. quality improvement as the science of process management
2. if you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it
3. managed care means managing the processes of care (not managing physicians and nurses)
4. the importance of the right data in the right format at the right time in the right hands, and
5. engaging the “smart cogs” of healthcare.

Why Patient-Reported Outcomes Are the Future of Healthcare—and the Key to Ruth’s Independence

Patient-reported outcomes (PROs), defined as “any report of the status of a patient’s health condition that comes directly from the patient, without interpretation of the patient’s response by a clinician or anyone else,” are the future of healthcare.

In addition to helping people like 80-year-old-Ruth continue to live interpedently, PROs—interchangeable with the term patient-generated health data (PGHD)—have several benefits:

1. Effectively supplement existing clinical data, filling in gaps in information and providing a more comprehensive picture of ongoing patient health.
2. Provide important information about how patients are doing between medical visits.
3. Gather information on an ongoing basis—rather than just one point in time—and provide information relevant to preventive and chronic care management.

The new technologies that enable PROs and PGHD (e.g., sensors that detect whether Ruth takes food out of her refrigerator on a regular basis), generate important data outside of patients’ traditional care environments, sharing it with care teams to expand the depth, breadth, and continuity of information available to improve healthcare and outcomes.

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