How do you use patient registries to track specific diseases and diagnoses and ensure appropriate care?
Response: Health Catalyst provides a rich set of services based on a proven methodology for clinical improvement. One of the key initial steps in the Health Catalyst methodology is the definition of an accurate representation of patients impacted by the clinical process that is being optimized. Once that patient cohort is defined, the registry (or module) is built into the Health Catalyst architecture. The architecture provides data structures to hold detailed cohort definitions. It also provides data structures and technology to hold metrics related to that cohort. The metrics are customizable by a data architect and can be sourced from clinical guidelines, institutional best practices, regulatory bodies, and other sources. The metrics are displayed in a visualization layer, usually alongside a target value. The module architecture holds granular data in a way that metrics surfaced in the visualization layer always allow drill down, often to the order level. The drill-down functionality can often point to the “why” behind a piece of data, which allows physicians and other clinicians to implement appropriate interventions to improve the metric.