CDR implements and facilitates the development of communimetric systems. This means we implement outcomes tools that can measure across multiple levels of care, can provide decision support for clinicians, planners and families, and which are fundamental parts of treatment planning, not just standalone measures. Some of the most well known communimetric tools are the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS), and the Adult Strengths & Needs Assessment (ANSA). CDR supports implementation of such programs, as well as helping entities develop their own unique communimetric tools, for their own unique program needs.
Here are some of the unique features of our implementation:
The Roundtable Process
CDR begins by identifying who the key stakeholders are in the implementation of the outcomes monitoring system, and bringing these stakeholders together. CDR focuses on developing the system so that all stakeholders instantly receive benefits for their efforts implementing the system, both in regards to getting the benefits of the data, and the decision support for level of care decision making.
The Right Tool
With stakeholder input, CDR guides the process of developing the right communimetric tool for local needs. This can be by either tweeking an existing tool (e.g. CANS or ANSA) for the local needs, or developing a new tool for the local community needs. The tool is designed with the needs of the whole system in mind, and what the emerging decision support requirements are in the system of care.
CDR’s proprietary DataPool software is a simple tool that clinicians and care managers can use to measure clients, communicate across the system of care, and facilitate treatment as well as outcomes monitoring. Some of its features include: the fundamental communimetric reports suite, an engine for programming decision support algorithms for clinicians and care managers, a simple method for sharing information across entities, and a structure designed to capture episodes of care effectively, in order to compare outcomes with pinpoint precision.
CDR provides vibrant and engaging training in not only scoring the communimetric tool, but also in how to use the tool at multiple levels of care. We have experience training care managers, front line clinicians at all levels of care, supervisors, planners, coordination specialists, family advocates, and more. CDR’s approach ensures that the community is not just trained on the tool, but is trained on how to use the tools for coordination and communication, in order to optimize the usefulness of the system.
As a part of CDR’s nonprofit mission, our goal is to empower the system with data. Thus, CDR offers DIY Data Analysis courses to provider leadership, advocacy groups, and other groups as identified by the stakeholders.
Through guidance from the stakeholders, CDR creates public dashboard to track the community’s progress towards its outcomes goals. These dashboards help providers improve their quality, helps planners compare plans and providers, and help consumers choose the right care for their needs.
Access to Data
CDR’s nonprofit mission is dedicated to open data — and that all stakeholders should have access to their own data. Payers and managed care entities are able to receive unprecedent clinical data in participation with our project, that allows them much more insight into their population for management, as well as decision support for care management decisions. Providers, similarly, gain access to outcomes data for their own internal quality initiatives.