INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIVE ON COSTS, OUTCOMES AND NEEDS IN CARE
A key challenge facing many health systems is how to best design services to provide care to high-need, high-cost individuals. This is often a clinically diverse group of patients ranging from individuals who live with extreme functional limitations, others with persistent behavioral health challenges, and still others with multiple, complex chronic illnesses. These individuals often use high levels of health care services, tend to experience worse patient outcomes, and are often quite expensive to care for.
Despite the enormous importance of this population, there is limited comparable data on how common these types of patients are across countries, and how patterns of utilization and cost differ. This lack of information limits the potential for mutual learning and potential policy transfer across countries. ICCONIC hopes to address this problem by following patients across their illness course and, ultimately, developing a novel methodology for comparing cost, utilization, and outcomes of high-need, high-cost populations across different healthcare systems.
ICCONIC is a collaboration of researchers from 12 countries examining care pathways of high-need, high-cost individuals across their healthcare trajectories.