Conduct Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
According to PCORI.org, patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) helps patients and their advocates communicate about the relative value of healthcare options, make informed healthcare decisions, and experience more favorable economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes (ECHO) from their care choices.
In Integrated Mechanical Care’s patient-centered outcomes research initiatives, the Company follows PCORI.org guidelines, including:
- Assessing the cost-benefit of preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, palliative, and programmatic interventions to inform decision making.
- Ensuring research is inclusive of individuals’ preferences, autonomy, and needs; focusing on desirable outcomes such as pain-free living; full cognitive, physical, and psychosocial function; complete symptomatic relief; and the greatest possible health-related quality of life;
- Evaluating a wide variety of care settings and a diverse population to account for barriers to healthcare accessibility, quality, and cost-management, as well as variability in individuals’ psychosocial profiles and lifestyle preferences; and
- Investigating ways to optimize economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes while addressing a broad range of stakeholder perspectives.
Integrated Mechanical Care (IMC) has been compiling, analyzing, and reporting on outcomes from the perspective of patients and other health industry stakeholders for more than two decades.
The Company believes that patients, practitioners, purchasers, and other health industry stakeholders should be able to base their healthcare decisions on reliable information so these decisions lead to desired economic, clinical, and humanistic (ECHO) endpoints.
Everything IMC does is founded on high-integrity evidence derived directly from patients, practitioners, purchasers, and the broader healthcare community.
The firm’s on-premise and affiliated biostatisticians, health economists, STM researchers, and clinical practice guideline developers are well regarded among orthopedic thought and practice leaders—especially those interested in patient-centered outcomes research.
Integrated Mechanical Care’s triage and care guidelines reflect both the scientific literature and practice-based evidence. With a blending of factual support, these guidelines offer patients, clinicians, healthcare purchasers, and other health industry stakeholders a reliable way to make informed decisions about which musculoskeletal care strategies to pursue to generate the most favorable health and socioeconomic outcomes.
Focus on Comparative-Effectiveness Research | Health Services Research
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), comparative effectiveness research supports healthcare decision making by evaluating the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of different prevention, diagnostic, treatment, and program management strategies. Researchers may conduct systematic reviews of existing evidence or conduct new studies to determine the relative merits and risks associated with competing or complementary approaches to individual and population health improvement.
In keeping ahead of AHRQ guidelines, IMC continually:
- Reviews and synthesizes historic and current scientific, technical, and medical (STM) and transdisciplinary research;
- Identifies gaps between available research and self-care, healthcare, and public health imperatives;
- Generates new scientific evidence and refines analytic tools to maximize the availability of practice-informing data, information, and knowledge;
- Hires, trains, and develops industry leading researchers and outcomes-accountable™ clinicians;
- Translates and disseminates comparative-effectiveness findings to a broad range of health industry stakeholders;
- Provides forums for stakeholder dialogue and collaboration; and
- Identifies or develops unprecedented musculoskeletal solutions.
Perform Health Economics and Outcomes Research
In keeping with thought- and practice-leaders in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), Integrated Mechanical Care conducts and promotes research on the economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes of competing and complementary orthopedic interventions. The Company then translates research findings into data, information, and insight that health industry decision makers find useful.
IMC’s HEOR programs incorporate transdisciplinary concepts, practices, and tools to help optimize orthopedic and programmatic decision making across a the continuum of musculoskeletal care. The Company’s proprietary HEOR reports take into account the real-world resource constraints facing a broad range of health industry stakeholders—and the desire to maximize health benefits to patients in a highly resource-constrained context.
IMC’s classic HEOR research work focuses on MSD-related cost-minimization, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, and cost-benefit strategies; however, IMC’s groundbreaking, digitally enabled, multivariate studies consider breakthrough models of bio-psychosocial influence and effect.
Evidence-based orthopedic care and musculoskeletal solutions that generate equally compelling economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes (ECHO) in bricks-and-mortar and digital settings.