For healthcare providers, clinical protocols offer an agreed upon framework outlining the care that will be provided to patients – from which diagnostic tests to order to what medications should be prescribed following surgery. The use of these protocols helps measure the impact of the guidelines on care outcomes and may reduce clinician variation in diagnosis and treatment. As new data and information become available, clinical protocols must be reevaluated and updated periodically.
Bariatric program clinicians at Lafayette General Health (LGH) noticed that some of their patients were experiencing constipation after sleeve gastrectomy. It wasn’t until the organization implemented HealthLoop’s automated patient engagement solution that it uncovered the true extent of the problem.
Here’s how LGH used data from HealthLoop to change its clinical protocol, which led to a dramatic decrease in post-operative constipation.