How a leading population health organization saved its staff 350 hours of manual work in care gap outreach.
Intelligent Population Health
ThedaCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system in northeast and central Wisconsin that delivers care to a community of more than 650,000 people in 17 counties. The organization employs approximately 7,000 health care professionals across 180 points of care, including 7 hospitals.
As a leading population health organization, ThedaCare partners with communities to understand unique needs, provides easy access to care, and encourages health awareness and action. Core to the ThedaCare mission of improving the health and well-being of the communities it serves by empowering each person to live their unique, best life is to support innovative care techniques, educational resources, clinical research, and a patient-first approach.
“By leveraging intelligent automation to automate repetitive, manual tasks like care gap outreach, we can develop efficient workflows that can be tailored based on the unique needs of each of our patient populations. Notable gives us the insights we need in order to ensure patients receive the exceptional care they need, right when they need it.”
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One of the more administratively burdensome tasks in healthcare is outreaching to patients with open care gaps. Failing to close care gaps in a timely manner can result in missed diagnoses or unnecessarily costly or invasive treatment later on, leading to worse clinical outcomes, increased healthcare spending, and lower performance on value-based care contracts. In keeping with their mission to increase access to quality care, ThedaCare leveraged intelligent automation to advance its population health initiatives, starting with care gap outreach.
Using Notable, ThedaCare can automate care gap detection, outreach, and scheduling so a patient can book a visit with their provider immediately after a care gap is identified. With this technology, patients can also interact with the system remotely by providing important data that helps their provider know where they are in their care (e.g., home blood pressure measurements or information about previous screening exams).
Notable’s digital assistants are helping ThedaCare close care gaps at a faster rate by automating patient outreach. For patients who indicate they have already completed the care needed to close the care gap, Notable will collect the needed information and document the care gap closure in the EHR. Additionally, Notable automatically surfaces a list of patients who have scheduled, opted-out, screened-out, and/or completed a procedure (like a mammography screening or MAWV) in the last 12 months to ThedaCare’s team. Notable’s digital assistants have performed thousands of automated care gap outreaches, closing more than 900 care gaps (26% from scheduled visits, 74% from patient-reported information), and scheduled hundreds of patients for recommended office visits. Manual outreaches for this same population would have otherwise required support staff to spend an estimated 350 hours calling patients.
These automated outreach campaigns enabled ThedaCare to connect with roughly 3X patients than would otherwise be possible using manual methods. Approximately 30% of patients who received a Notable outreach started the care gap closure process -- ThedaCare estimates that 10% of patients typically answer the call during past campaigns.