Healthcare economic policies are changing rapidly since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010.
Today’s healthcare system is transitioning from volume-based to value-, quality- and outcome-based. Today, there is a new focus on “bundled payments,” which reimburses based on specific clinical episodes rather than fees for service, with a heavy focus on clinical episodes that result in the highest costs, such as stroke.
As the new bundled payment programs become a reality, stakeholders need to prove clinical utility, operational efficiency and financial performance of technology. The goal is to challenge clinicians to develop innovative solutions to contain the cost of service while continuing to deliver high-quality care. Toshiba’s imaging technology can support healthcare institutions in achieving these goals by utilizing patient-focused imaging technology and a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to treatment. To quantify these benefits, Toshiba partnered with Kaleida Health’s Stroke Care Center at the Gates Vascular Institute, formerly Kaleida Health’s Stroke Care Center at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, to conduct a multi-phase study analyzing stroke patient outcomes using Toshiba’s Aquilion™ ONE CT system during diagnosis. The results clearly indicate that a collaborative approach to patient care combined with the latest in imaging technology not only improves patient outcomes but also the bottom line.