Like so much else about healthcare, technology has transformed how the medical community thinks about patient-reported outcomes (PROs) — information about a patient's health that comes directly from the patient. From the way we collect information to how we are able to use that information, technology — especially of the mobile variety — has enhanced the potential of PROs to improve patient care and data collection. Even as PROs become a more commonplace part of healthcare, it’s important to remember their origins, and let that shape how we use — and design — PRO surveys in digital applications.
Once the domain of researchers looking to collect evaluative data, PROs are now a staple in patient care. However, their origins mean practitioners and patients often find PRO usability lacking. Designed more to track outcomes over time than as patient and clinical support tools, it’s imperative to keep this in mind when utilizing them in healthcare settings. Careful consideration and good design can solve these pain points, making PROs a valuable tool to inform patients and practitioners alike.
A well-designed PRO collection app can enable better completion rates, more follow-up, and ultimately generate more data about the long-term efficacy of treatments for clinical informatics teams. However, the key to extracting benefit from any healthcare app is, increasingly, FHIR compliance.
The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) has emerged as a solution to interoperability challenges in healthcare technology. FHIR protocol allows developers to join disparate systems together and link systems that would have otherwise been unable to communicate, and our apps are all built with this in mind. To learn more about the importance of FHIR in digital healthcare, read our post “Why Your Digital Healthcare App Needs to be FHIR Compliant.”
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