It seems paradoxical. On the one hand, your patients actually spend most of their time outside of the hospital, whether they are recovering, or receiving revalidation, palliative or mental care, etc. On the other hand, the vast majority of patient information is generated within a healthcare facility: everything from images, to lab results, to reports, etc.
A care model that minimizes time spent in the hospital is attractive both in terms of the patient’s experience and outcome, and the overall economic impact. But multimorbidity and long-term or chronic illnesses are not one-off care events. These are health situations that require a complex matrix of care, inside and outside the hospital, over time, by multiple stakeholders.
Each stakeholder needs specific information on the patient, and each can provide unique insights. We need to bridge the gap between home and hospital, between caregiver and care coordinator, between today and tomorrow, … Or, in a few words, we need to enable ‘connectivity, alignment and collaboration’1.