Home Healthcare

Healthcare technology is no longer limited to hospitals. Increasingly, it is moving into homes and other nonclinical locations—making it possible to reduce hospital costs and increase patient comfort and convenience. However, there are risks and challenges to consider as this technology is placed in nonclinical environments, into the hands of individuals who are not medical professionals.

The approaches that work well in robust hospital infrastructures and with well-trained professionals fall short in highly variable nonclinical settings.

  • Healthcare is an evolving landscape with more patients transitioning to home from the hospital setting where they can take control of their care.  Often times, they will be using technology to continue their treatments and infusion devices are a common technology that patients use.  This transition requires communication, caregiver and patient preparation and a standardized process to ensure compliance and success.

    The AAMI Foundation has created a process map for successful infusion therapy transition from the hospital to the home.

Horizons

  • The combination of an aging population and increasingly sophisticated, easy-to-use medical equipment has led to an explosion of home and other non-hospital-based healthcare.

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