Our mission

ICHOM’s Mission

ICHOM’s mission is to unlock the potential of value-based health care by defining global Standard Sets of outcome measures that really matter to patients for the most relevant medical conditions and by driving adoption and reporting of these measures worldwide.

A new definition of success

Doctors think about prostate cancer in terms of PSA levels. The average patient doesn’t. That’s why we need to change how we evaluate and talk to patients about their health. At ICHOM, we’re developing a new paradigm focused on health outcomes – the results that matter most to patients. The end result? A world where patients ask their doctors about meaningful outcomes, and doctors can respond with data-driven answers. To us, it’s more than improving the doctor-patient relationship. We’re creating a new definition of success that transforms health care in several important ways.

Reducing health care costs

Reducing health care costs

If physicians make treatment decisions based on outcomes, patients are more likely to receive high quality care – at the right time. This reduces health care costs by preventing medical errors and unnecessary treatments. We also believe this model is financially better for payers. It ensures payers only pay for services that achieve results – so they don’t spend money on avoidable costs.

Supporting informed decision-making

Supporting informed decision-making

Normally, people choose physicians based on reputation or hearsay because that’s the information available. The problem is, their decision isn’t guided by data. If we publish health outcomes standards, patients could use valid data to find the best-fitting physicians for them.

At ICHOM, we also think it’s an ethical imperative for doctors to measure outcomes and compare the results of different treatments. Then they can discuss which treatments to pursue with their patients.

Improving health care quality

Improving health care quality

Physicians can use health outcomes data to evaluate how they’re doing compared to their peers worldwide. In turn, this gives physicians a unique opportunity to learn from one another and improve the way they provide care.

Learn about our approach and our Working Groups.

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