Why Data Sharing is Essential to Pediatric Measurement-Based Care

by Holly Wilson

Coauthors: Coauthor and presenter is Dr. Thomas Young, chief medical officer and founder of nView Health.

Data Sharing

Measurement-based care (MBC) is a standard of care directive for behavioral health providers and increasingly becoming a point of focus for healthcare providers in general. MBC is fully supported by the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC), which offers the Designation for Measurement-Based Care to mental health providers. And it is widely expected within the healthcare system that The Joint Commission, which requires accredited behavioral healthcare organizations to assess outcomes for the individuals they serve , will soon require all healthcare systems engaged in behavioral health to also follow MBC directives.

To measure the effectiveness of behavioral health treatment, providers must have quantifiable and well-documented data to serve as a baseline upon which to track and chart the patient’s progress and outcomes. In pediatrics, this data comes from patients themselves when possible and family members as appropriate.

With technology, it is possible to capture and share pediatric mental health data at all steps of the patient’s care journey by using solutions such as intake screeners, severity measurement scales, and monitors to track the patient’s progress during treatment. Capturing and documenting each reported measurement and then sharing the data with the provider and health system helps deliver a rich data set upon which to measure outcomes and identify opportunities for improvement.

In this session, Dr. Thomas Young, chief medical officer and founder of nView Health, will share the science behind MBC in pediatric mental health and explain how technology is the key to gathering and sharing outcomes data. Key learning objectives include:

 Review measurement-based care and how it applies to pediatrics
 Discuss the types of technologies best suited to capture and share patient- and family-reported data
 Describe the processes for effective, ongoing data sharing, analysis, and performance improvement
 Explain expected outcome reporting requirements in behavioral health