Treating Patients at Home Daniel Young 6 February 2023

Treating Patients at Home

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Patients are better cared for when they can be hospitalized at home.

In the future, patients will be hospitalized at home. 🏡 🛌 😷

There’s been a quiet but growing effort in the US to provide acute hospital-level care to people in their homes, rather than in an institution. This is especially true for older patients and ones with chronic diseases.

Treating a patient at home provide massive benefits to patients, healthcare organizations and payers:✅ Better patient outcomes

✅ Less anxiety and stress
✅ Reduced costs of care
✅ Shorter hospitalization periods
✅ Lower rates of ER visits and readmissions
✅ Makes more hospital beds available for the critically ill

The New York Times and Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH published a great article in their Sunday Magazine yesterday on acute care in the home. (Link in the comments below.)

“A new 500-bed hospital can cost more than $2 billion in some cities.”

New York Times
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While being treated at home was the norm in the US over 100 years ago, modern medicine and bureaucracy has kept care in institutions until now.

Granted that there are LOTS of challenges ahead, especially those that already plague the healthcare system: funding, staffing, access, etc. Nonetheless, need for acute care in the home cannot be overstated. These challenges need to be addressed; tech can help.

Modern technologies—digital health apps; routing and logistics software and services; communications technologies (smart EDGE gateways, mobile data); recruitment and staffing platforms; telemedicine—empower caregivers to make care in the home viable.

Health care is, and always will be, a service business powered by people 👩‍⚕️ 🧑‍⚕️ 👨‍⚕️ and enhanced by tech.

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