But what about solutions? If we envision greater efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare, how do we get there?
Close Gaps In Care
Even when as many as 3 out of 4 persons aged 65 and older have multiple chronic conditions and 7 out of 10 deaths each year in the U.S. are from chronic diseases, our aging population frequently identifies itself as “not sick.” Seeing chronic illness in a more accurate light, Medicare created programs like Chronic Care Management (CCM) to help patients achieve better health outcomes. How? By filling in the gaps between doctor visits with care coordination. Care coordination, which has tremendous value for individuals of all ages, gives patients access to clinical services 24/7, helps them manage chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, encourages them to follow through on their doctor’s plan of care, and gets vital between-visit data back to the doctor.
Reduce ER Visits, Hospitalizations, and Readmissions
Similar to recognizing it’s a lot cheaper to regularly change the oil in your car than it is to replace the engine, care coordination is about managing or, to some degree, containing a disease by proactively treating it with a maintenance program versus reactively attacking an acute scenario.
Encourage Cost Control
Fear, uncertainty, and doubt often lead individuals to go directly to the ER when a reassuring phone call from a provider, accompanied by an appointment within 12 hours at their office, is far more efficient and effective.
Acute specialty points of care are more costly than adhering to what has already been prescribed. With greater access to their physicians and 24/7 clinical support, patients can make more appropriate and affordable choices about when, how, and where they seek care.
Where To Next?
Care coordination solutions are relatively new, but my hope is that five years from now, patients will be familiar and comfortable with them, and eager to take advantage of their benefits.
Travis Bond – Founder and CEO, CareSync
Travis is a healthcare technology disruptor, a passionate entrepreneur, and a charismatic leader. Leveraging his diverse educational background in business, finance, and medicine, Travis creates products and services that have dramatically enhanced the way people do business and the way patients experience healthcare.
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