Improving Quality of Life for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease: University of Chicago Medicine
University of Chicago Virtual Session
Improving Quality of Life for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease & Addressing Healthcare Disparities
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the world’s most common genetic disease, affecting approximately 100,000 people in the United States. As a group, people with SCD experience worse health outcomes compared to other diseases and have access to fewer health resources. Clinicians and Data Leaders at University of Chicago Medicine wanted to change that.
Through a data-driven, patient centered initiative, UChicago Medicine has improved the lives of thousands of patients dealing with crippling pain episodes, the most common complication of SCD, while achieving a 68% reduction in readmission rates and improved capacity and access for the health system.
Join Executive Leadership and Specialty Clinicians from UChicago in this session as they review how through actionable analytics and dedicated teamwork they:
- Created care protocols, derived through data driven insights, in a specialty care setting to improve patient outcomes
- Monitored the program daily/quarterly and developed new strategies for screening, medication delivery and inventory management and created new more effective staffing approaches like local patient advocates and ARNPs. After two years, UChicago saw readmissions drop from being north of 50% to below 30% - even seeing some months with rates less than 20%
- Opened up delivery to out of network and uninsured patients diagnosed with SCD based on proven, effective care delivery protocols
- Are expanding the scope of the protocols to include an inpatient consults and helping to address unmet Social Determinants of Health
UChicago is better equipped to deliver the right care to the right patient when they show up in the ER, due to the data driven approach and teamwork leadership at UChicago prioritizes. Ensuring patient populations get the right access to specialty care while ensuring the ER is open to other cases means their data-driven culture has created a true win-win for reducing health inequities and improving patient lives.
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