Data on the patient outcome determines the quality of care for the public in case they are sick. For instance, outcome information from a diagnostic team when they are available to the public enable purchasers to make a concise decision on what to buy since they have the power to make a comparison. Also, data on patient outcome is an essential tool for the government bureaucrats to measure the progress of the health standard. Pharmaceutical businesses will only continue producing a specific product or change the product mix of production if the patient outcome data is available to the public. It is worth noting that accessibility of the data on a patient outcome to the public will lead to refined health policy, improved quality of care, and cost-effective care. Moreover, it is essential to have an information system that gives a direct comparison of patent outcome between different healthcare facilities. An efficient way to promote health is through using preventive care strategies. Patients and taxpayer expect physicians to avail and document the used clinical preventive protocols that demonstrate full compliance with the national standard for preventive and chronic care. The public uses the information to determine the quality of healthcare delivery. It will be reasonable for the government also to provide clinical vignettes to the public since it measures the quality of preventive care delivery. Lastly, availability of data on comparative costs to the public enables the public to make informed choices before seeking health and insurance cover (Liu, Ying, et al, 2014).
Employer responsibility on educating subscribers about performance data and incurring of the cost
The health insurance organizations have fundamental duties to educate insurance subscribers on how to utilize health performance data before deciding appropriate insurance plan. The employees should understand the existence of the Affordable Care Act. The employer should provide introductory meetings to employees with health insurance coverage. The session can either be online or in person. Lastly, it is essential for the employees to impart knowledge to the employee on how to use company’s website and how it operates when making claims. The cost of education is on the employer.
Benefits or disadvantages of availing performance data to the public
Benefits: Availing the performance data to the public increases patient and physician satisfaction in health care facilities. The efficiency and quality of patient care significantly increase if the performance measures of sound clinical practices and scientific fact are available to the public. Making performance data available to the public promotes credibility, accountability, and transparency hence the highest quality of patient care and best clinical standard will be attained (Marshall, Martin N., et al, 2000). Furthermore, the Americans health care quality and value will be improved since the availability of performance data to the public creates an accessible platform for measuring physician performance.
Disadvantages: Performance data gives the inaccurate public information about the health care quality; therefore, it does not measure the actual level of health quality. Performance data often frustrate the performance of individual being reflected since clinical evidence and scientific facts are not only used in decision making in medicine but also opinions are commonly utilized. Contemporary research indicates that adherence to the clinical practice guideline by the health professions is minimal worldwide, but still, the performance of nurses and physicians is good. However, the performance data will indicate limited performance hence misleading the public because it is formulated from the health guidelines (Smith, 1995). Furthermore, there are specific services in medicine that are best delivered using opinion that scientific facts but the performance data which is available to the public are entirely based on the facts.
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Marshall, Martin N., et al. (2000). The public release of performance data: what do we expect to gain? A review of the evidence. Jama, 283(14), 1867-1874.
Smith, P. (1995). On the unintended consequences of publishing performance data in the public sector. International journal of public administration, 18(2), 276-310.