Patient-reported outcomes vendor Oberd said it has launched software designed to reduce a patient’s time in completing outcomes surveys for orthopedic procedures.
Patient-reported outcomes can help quantify the value of a healthcare provider’s services. Columbia, Mo.-based Oberd’s computer-adaptive test (CAT) software has been developed and validated for all of the outcomes surveys approved by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The technology, which uses artificial intelligence (AI), has been used in both test and live settings by the Geisinger Health System and will be featured in an article in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, according to the company.
“This CAT technology has shown to substantially reduce the time it takes for patients to complete their very important outcomes surveys with negligible deviations from the full form scores,” said Oberd founder and CEO Ali Hussam in a prepared statement. “By deploying machine learning techniques that tailor questions to the specific traits of the respondent, CAT technology can allow accurate outcome evaluations to be obtained with fewer questions and thus less patient effort.”
“We have carefully reviewed the research and activity data associated with the use of CAT technology for patients to complete our outcomes forms,” added Geisinger Health’s lead CAT researcher, Dr. Michael Suk. “Our assessment is that it reduces patients’ time and effort to complete the forms while providing outcome scores that mirror the full form results.”