Evidence-based medicine is one of those things that virtually everyone acknowledges is beneficial. But like eating a healthy diet and getting sufficient exercise, acknowledging the need and validity is much simpler than actual implementation.
So what exactly is evidence-based medicine? Dr. David Eddy, the first health leader to use and publish the term, defined it as “A set of principles and methods intended to ensure that to the greatest extent possible, medical decisions, guidelines, and other types of policies are based on and consistent with good evidence of effectiveness and benefit.”
High-quality evidence enables health system executives to answer questions such as:
- Does it work?
- Is it safe?
- How well does it work?
- For which patients does it work?
- How does it compare with alternative approaches?
In the past, a lack of evidence has not stopped hospitals and healthcare systems from adopting new technologies or clinical approaches to manage a disease or condition. For example, a proponent of lobotomies (Dr. Egas Monizo of Portugal) received a Nobel Prize in 1949.
Preparing for Value-Based Care
In today’s current (and foreseeable) healthcare environment, healthcare executives can’t afford to make clinical practice and purchasing decisions without consideration of unbiased evidence. To achieve the well-known Triple Aim, healthcare executives face the challenge of improving the health of the populations they serve, enhancing patient outcomes, and reducing the cost of care.
The ongoing efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to rapidly transition healthcare reimbursement from a volume-to-value basis heightens the sense of urgency for healthcare executives to ensure treatments, technologies, and practices accomplish their intended outcomes.
Adopting Evidence-Based Medicine
Employing evidence-based principles throughout your organization—from purchasing to practicing—may seem like a monumental task. However, like exercise and diet, the trick is to spread it out strategically and where needed, including health system Supply Chain/Value Analysis teams.
Hayes offers a reliable source of unbiased medical evidence for evolving technologies, drugs, genetic tests, and clinical treatments, including:
- An extensive library of more than 2,400 active reports
- Rapid turnaround of research requests
- Development of in-depth custom reports on clinical questions raised by health systems
Hayes’ deep resources focused solely on healthcare include highly trained researchers and analysts who are ready to help healthcare organizations implement evidence-based practices as a foundation of their day-to-day activities.