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Partners HealthCare Annual Report 2016

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Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) are now being used as a critical tool across the Partners network, both to enhance personalized patient care and better track and understand trends and outcomes related to certain conditions. The surveys, completed as part of routine appointments in the clinic, ask patients to report and score their symptoms in detail. This standardized information ultimately allows for richer conversations at the point of care, so physicians can better match patients with appropriate care options based on their specific conditions. Now in use across 68 Partners clinics in 26 special- ties, the 215,000+ PROMs responses collected so far are helping to inform care in orthopedics, urology, radiation oncol- ogy, and psychiatry, among other areas. When aggregated, PROMs data can also shed light on outcome variations, and why some patients respond to certain treatments better than others. When aggregated, Patient-Reported Outcome Measures data can also shed light on outcome variations, and why some patients respond to certain treatments better than others. Personalizing Care with PROMs PARTNERS HEALTHCARE System-wide collaboration Neil Wagle, MD, Partners Associate Chief Quality Officer, says PROMs have become increasingly valuable in patients' day-to-day care. He points to one recent patient who considered prostatectomy following elevated PSA and an indetermi- nate biopsy. When Dr. Wagle showed the patient PROMs reporting post-prostatec- tomy complications experienced by other patients, "he understood why I recom- mended active surveillance and made a better, more informed medical decision as a result." Wagle's team is expanding opportuni- ties for patients to access and learn from PROMs data with the launch of a new website called Care Decisions. This new site allows patients to view actual data from previous Partners' patients to better understand care options and make more informed treatment decisions.

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