The TforG patient flows methodology ensures that our clients obtain the desired information in a dynamic and easy to use format.
We combine our vast internal knowledge base, our links with leading physicians and our many years of experience to achieve the best results for our final deliverables.
The following three steps are applied in the creation of a TforG Care Track:
Step 1: Create the universal patient flow for a specific pathology
TforG has developed a high level of expertise in the research and creation of patient flows across a variety of medical disciplines and pathologies on an international scale.
These patient flows were designed in close collaboration with a number a university hospital partners.
We typically have at least eight to nine university hospital partners involved in the study.
Our up and running standard disease flows are used as a starting point for the creation of new care tracks with more specific applications.
Step 2: Identify country-specific characteristics for each patient flow
The research phase for each new patient flow consists of a series of interviews (telephone and/or face-to-face) with five to ten stakeholders for each patient flow per country, from the different TforG networks.
Our networks include:
- Clinical stakeholders: nurses, physicians and surgeons
- Non-clinical stakeholders: hospital administrators, CEO’s, CFO’s, COO’s, hospital strategy managers, GPO profiles and payers
The standard flow is customized by country, identifying and incorporating all diagnostic and treatment steps, as well the possible alternatives in each country specific flow and its external influences.
Our respondents are screened with emphasis on their level of expertise and involvement in the treatment of each pathology (e.g. number of publications/articles written, conference speeches, years of experience), as well as the number of patients treated annually.
Step 3: Full quantification and qualification of the patient flow
The final phase of research consists of integrating all quantitative and qualitative facts and figures of each of the country specific diagnostic and treatment steps that are included in each patient flow.
During this phase 20 – 30 relevant centers share their data on specific types of patients surveyed.