Engaged technology: Use tech for seamless transition

Q. How can I ensure the transition to the home is successful?
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Monday, April 23, 2018

A. When a failed transition occurs between acute and post-acute providers, the patient experiences diminished or problematic medication adherence, appointment and treatment compliance failures, and little to no transparency over information that could result in early preventative care measures. Combined, these issues create wide-scale medical crises and increased healthcare costs to healthcare providers, patients and insurers that are often preventable. Not to mention the significant stress and health damage done to the patient.  The cost is physical, emotional and financial.

 As care complexity and acuity increases it is vital that all participants across each patient’s healthcare team must be invested, connected and collaborating to stop the continued growth of costly and life threatening failures in care transitions.

Care teams utilizing dynamic, connected care circles to provide ongoing education, support and care oversight are proving to be a fundamental requirement to reduce healthcare costs and support successful patient outcomes.

Professional caregivers, families, community support (Meal on Wheels, PACE programs), and the care recipient must be able to communicate efficiently, securely, and in real-time to ensure the continuity of care and most cost-effective transitions are maintained. 

Patient-centric connectivity across all physicians, to home health agencies, family, senior living, and community support organizations provides the patient with peace of mind that everyone in their healthcare team is always on the same page and receiving the information they need to provide the best and earliest care possible.  

Care-in-place and age-in-place will continue to be the preferred and less costly of care scenarios and technology now provides the ability for all involved to be collaborative (as appropriate) in the care circles and follow the recipient across their care related journey.

Regardless of tech-sophistication, the care recipient can be securely connected and sharing daily activities, care related tasks and stay in touch with caregivers and family members. Today’s care technology enables transitions to be fluid and seamless while providing the data and real-time information needed across traditional and digital healthcare devices and scenarios. Interdependence provides the safety net for care transitions.