By the year 2050, there will be nearly 86 million people in the US over the age of 65, effectively doubling the current senior population. As this population continues to grow, providers are tasked with serving more patients in an environment already facing pressures to reduce costs. As care coordination continues to be at the forefront of care quality conversations, providers have the opportunity to fit together all of the aspects of patient care to keep this population healthy.
In less than three months, Mr. K went from seeing only his primary care physician (PCP) to seeing 11 clinicians in 11 different offices for five procedures. During that time, he learned he had both a kidney stone and cancer in his liver, necessitating quick action in a limited timeframe. Throughout the process, his PCP coordinated his care, communicating with the new providers 40 times combined, and with Mr. K and his spouse a total of 12 times.
In many ways, families are the backbone of patient care. Children’s hospitals have known this for a long time. They often give out laptops, do laundry, and provide comfortable overnight accommodations for parents of children in the hospital. They know that when children are sick, parents are the ones who comfort them, give them medicine, feed them, and help them adhere to treatment plans.
At first glance, it can often seem that our healthcare system is broken. Countless companies and thought leaders talk about overhauling the entire system. Costs are rising, interoperability is lacking, and quality needs to be improved across the board.
Many people fear being a patient in a hospital. In reality, what happens when the patient leaves is often more confusing, disjointed, and even dangerous.
Across America, healthcare is retreating from rural communities. Rural hospitals are closing at alarming rates, and nearly two-thirds of the Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas deemed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are in rural communities.
At 58 years old, Ms. G had diabetes and high blood pressure. She was also overweight and battled depression. After a regular visit with her primary care physician (PCP), Ms. G was referred to a mental health center for heightened depression and was later sent home. That’s where her journey began.
At 8:24 a.m. on Thursday, June 22nd 2017, the average emergency department wait time at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts was nine minutes. We know that not because we visited the ED that day, but because we visited their Yelp listing.
Americans can’t live without their phones, and healthcare professionals are not immune either.
On average, we spend five hours each day on mobile technology, and 77% of Americans own smartphones. In a 2012 study of healthcare professionals, 87% of doctors reported using smartphones or tablets on the job, and recent small-sample reports indicate that the number is rising.
Since the GOP began talks of a new healthcare bill during the 2016 campaign, there has been much debate about what the future of healthcare might look like. On May 4, a glimpse was provided: the Republicans introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that would eliminate many of the provisions the Affordable Care Act (ACA) afforded.