Recently, payers such as Medicare and private insurers have begun placing increasing importance on the practice of evidence-based medicine. This ensures that data and the scientific method are used to identify the most efficacious and lowest overall cost of delivering health care services.

NextMed has been using data and advanced data mining and analysis since 1996. We assembled a team of professors of urology and public health from the universities of Chicago, Utah and Arizona, as well as a PhD in electrical engineering, to build data-capture, mining and analysis protocols that enable the real-time measurement of every aspect of our treatment delivery. This includes treatment protocols for our doctors and technologists, hospital performance measures, and even equipment maintenance and performance standards.

Our treatment protocols are continually monitored and improved upon using advanced analytics and comparative prospective and retrospective studies. During treatment, we record more than 750 clinical data points for lithotripsy treatments and more than 140 data points for laser treatments. These data points are then analyzed to determine compliance with proven protocols. Both variance and comparative analysis are used to verify and improve new and existing protocols.

Perhaps most exciting is how we use our data registries to test new treatment protocols that have proven to improve both patient outcomes and safety. One recent NextMed protocol reduced the incidence of renal bleeding in at-risk patients by more than 60 percent—less than half of that reported in the published literature.

Why is this important?

Physicians:
As a physician, you can be assured that you are providing your patients with the best possible care because:
• You are working with the best trained technologists and technicians in the industry,
• You have real-time access to our expert medical directors, and
• You are using protocols and equipment that have been extensively tested and continually measured to be the most efficacious.

Patients:
As a patient, you can rest assured knowing that you are in good hands. You are working with a doctor who:
• Listens to your concerns,
• Shows you the data necessary to make an informed decision, and
• Wants the best and safest treatment for you.