Professor Mats Lundstrom, Department of Clinical Sciences, Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Sweden stated: " The use of a patient reported outcomes measure in cataract surgery is not yet an established best practice. However, collecting and evaluating important patient-reported data is of paramount importance in understanding the patient's perspective of care. ICHOM's GLOBE pilot program brings informed perspectives that cannot be overlooked in the journey toward improving value for the patient."Christina Rångemark Åkerman, President of ICHOM, commented: " The GLOBE benchmarking pilot is an exciting example of outcomes in action. For the first time, outcomes data from multiple hospitals around the globe are collected and compared. The insights will provide great opportunities to drive improvements in patient care via learning and sharing of best practices between hospitals." Dr. Steve Cutler, Chief Executive Officer, ICON plc, commented: " "Today's launch marks a major milestone towards the realisation of ICHOM's and ICON's shared vision of improving patient care. The measurement and sharing of outcomes will ultimately improve the clinical development process by enabling better protocols that will lead to the development of treatments that will be of most benefit to patients. We are proud to have brought our clinical and technical expertise in health outcomes and real-world data to help ICHOM create the first global healthcare outcomes benchmarking platform." About ICHOM The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) was founded by Michael E. Porter, PhD, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School, The Boston Consulting Group and Professor Martin Ingvar, Karolinska Institutet with the mission 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. In January 18 2017 ICHOM and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) signed a Letter of Intent to collaborate on the collection, analysis and publishing of patient reported outcomes for international comparison. To date ICHOM have published Standard Sets covering 47 percent of the global disease burden.
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