6 Key Trends Influencing Healthcare Delivery in 2019
Source: Benjamin Zaniello
Data Driven Interventions
Giving physicians more access and power to patient data like diagnosis or prescription history or hospital-utilization patterns can help to positively influence patient care and outcomes. Things like patient-specific notification such as alerts showing patient activity. For example, if a patient has a dislocated shoulder and has been to multiple offices seeking help, but has come up unsuccessful, this new data can support the next providers with a better process for the specific patient.
Regulatory Overflow for Physicians
New legislation has given insight to issues in the healthcare world but this has consequentially caused for more paperwork for physicians. This means more researching medical records and more time spent navigating their electronic health records (EHR). Though, there have be more and more systems being implemented to simplify the workflow of physicians.
Interoperability for Collaboration
Interoperability is useless without the ability for all facilities to be on the same page. These programs are designed to help date to be shared. Without that, the EHR design is meaningless. 2019 will offer further clarification for this and give finalization’’s to different frameworks and versions of this technology.
Addressing Behavioral Health
Behavioral health related conditions are sometimes overlooked in Emergency Departments. For these patients, waiting in a hectic environment can affect them negativity and is costly. By optimizing the care of patients in Emergency Departments, they can be looked at an transferred to the correct facility quicker. Connecting Emergency Departments with Medical Assisted Therapy and outpatients clinics could help these specific patients.
Over the last year there have been an alarming increase in violence inflicted on physicians in the workplace. There has been an interest in sharing more information about high-risk patients so there is more awareness on how to interact with them. This not only gives the patient a more comfortable stay but it also ensure an increased level of safety for the physicians. New violence protocols are mandated throughout the country to keep workers more prepared and aware.
Social Determinants of Health
Shelter and food insecurity are a undermined issues in the healthcare system. Discharging a homeless person onto the streets without safety or a regimented food supply to take medications cannot be considered a “safe” discharge. Communities across America have been looking into funding are projects in order to fix this problems.
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