Becoming a Data-Driven Addiction Treatment Center

Becoming a Data-Driven Addiction Treatment Center

Joanna Conti
Originally Posted:
Nov 27, 2018


Dr. Ingrid Carlier published a meta-analysis in 2012 that showed that providing clinicians with patient-reported data helped patients get better faster in three addiction treatment clinical trials.  Whereas it is often estimated to take 17 years for scientific research to reach clinical practice, leading addiction treatment organizations (aided by a Joint Commission mandate) are moving quickly to use patient data to improve treatment effectiveness. 

Clients using INSIGHT Addiction’s real-time progress monitoring software have reported the following key benefits:

  • Progress monitoring identifies patients who aren’t progressing well.  While clinicians have a tendency to overestimate how well their patients are doing, confronted with graphical evidence showing that a patient has plateaued, clinicians will modify their treatment plan accordingly:


  • Being able to review up-to-date information about how a patient is feeling prior to a therapy session allows clinicians to better prepare and lead more productive therapy sessions.
  • Progress monitoring opens up another channel of communication between patients and center management, allowing managers to take corrective action as necessary.  The group summary report, for example, gives managers a birds-eye view of how their patient population is doing:


  • By aggregating patient data and comparing their results to norms, treatment centers can identify differences in their patient population, areas in which they’re doing particularly well, and potential opportunities for improvement.  This allows the center to set quantitative performance improvement goals such as improving patient satisfaction or further reducing the severity of a specific co-occurring disorder prior to discharge, and to focus their marketing on the type of patients they’re particularly effective at helping.

Additionally, Vista’s research group has identified a simple way for clinicians and program managers to pinpoint almost 80% of the patients at high risk of leaving AMA.  If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to one of our research specialists (800) 215-3201 ext 1.

Thank you for all the hard work you and your team do to help patients recover from addiction! 


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