Torrie Fields: Data Collection Takes the Guesswork Out of Care

Using data collection means taking the guesswork out of treatment, said Torrie K. Fields, MPH, senior program manager of Palliative Care Program Design & Implementation for Blue Shield of California. 

How does data collection and utilization impact decision making for providers?
It actually takes the guesswork out of things for providers. When you don’t have the ability to have a clinical pathway or have a built-in understanding of what you need to do with a patient, then judgement sets in. And the more that we can identify the appropriate pathway for a patient, faster and in the most efficacious manner, the better it is for the patient and family and the patient experience. It also allows for a provider to be able to use their judgement in a different way and better understand what that patient experiences and respond to it.
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