Jan 2024

Providence gaining international recognition in Value-Based Health Care


Two years after its formation, Providence’s Value Team is gaining recognition for its work in Value-Based Health Care (VBHC), locally and on the world stage.

VBHC is an approach to care that focuses on achieving health outcomes that matter most to patients and families. It is not only about measuring and analyzing outcomes but also about sharing

the information with patients and involving them in the decision-making process to improve their care.

In 2022, the Value Team was assembled to help lay the groundwork for VBHC by developing road maps, tools and processes to support teams looking to embed a value-based approach in their practice.

With a focus on process improvements, elements of VBHC have been applied within the St. Paul’s Immunotherapy in Neurology (SPIN) Clinic, Rapid Access Shoulder Pain Clinic, and teams that support patients who develop tertiary hyperparathyroidism (THP) after kidney transplants.

Now, the Value Team is sharing their insights and learnings with other health care leaders, care providers, policy-makers, and industry groups. 

Sharing our expertise

The team was grateful to be invited to speak at the BC Ministry of Health’s Knowledge Exchange Innovation Series, where they presented on the foundations needed to implement and scale VBHC.
They also presented at the Provincial Data and Analytics SummitUBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) Health Policy ConferenceBC Financial Healthcare Professional Society’s Annual Conference & AGM, and more.

Providence’s efforts are also gaining international acknowledgment. At the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) conference, the largest VBHC event in the world, the Value Team presented three posters and was selected
to speak on our principles to transform technical systems and clinical care redesign work to enable VBHC at our organization. This framework helps teams gain a common understanding of VBHC, refocus on patient-centred care, assess clinical workflows, and incorporate new technical elements.

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Kathy Ho, Clinical Informatics Manager, presenting on Principles and Requirements for an IT platform to enable VBHC.

“It was so valuable to be part of the knowledge exchange between health care leaders who all want to improve health outcomes for patients,” says Kathy Ho, Clinical Informatics Manager for VBHC.
“I left the conference more confident in our implementation roadmaps than ever before and excited about what’s to come in our VBHC journey.”​​

Building momentum at Providence

To help build the foundational knowledge of VBHC at Providence, over 80 clinical and operational leaders, PCMs, nurse practitioners, and other champions attended workshops led by experts from the Value Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Value Team is continuing to support teams interested in embedding a value-based approach to care and is hosting community of practice sessions to provide a space to explore opportunities for implementation.

If you are interested in learning more, click here or contact VBHC@providencehealth.bc.ca