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Not so long ago, people had no option but to stay on in a hospital for considerable lengths of time after a serious illness or injury. But that is not true anymore. Now, people with complex medical needs, that still need medical care matching hospital standards, have a choice – to get the same level of care and treatment, at home. Today, this level of care is offered by myriad home healthcare companies – getting patients back on their feet, as quickly as possible.

What doctors, and their patients, can expect from healthcare at home

It is vital that patients continue to receive quality clinical treatment at home after a hospital stay. And that is exactly what home healthcare provides for patients. Typically, a standard home healthcare team, comprising a group of qualified and experienced healthcare professionals, will monitor the patient’s condition, will. This is backed up by effective communication and experienced clinical care which ensures that patients, caregivers and the doctors treating them, are fully cognizant of the medical condition and treatment protocols.

Most doctor are aware that patients who utilize home care services will receive the best quality, hospital standard clinical care. Reliable and effective care in the comfort of their own homes, results in quicker recovery. A qualified and experienced clinical team evaluates the patient’s medical needs and the resources needed to provide the necessary care. All the clinical protocols followed will be as prescribed by the treating doctor and hospital. Real time monitoring and updates about the patient’s recovery are generated.

The patients will be reassured to know that healthcare at home results in significant cost savings as professional home healthcare is 60-70% less expensive than being treated in hospitals. And that a smooth and medically managed transition from hospital to home ensures faster, and a more confident rehabilitation, into normal life.

Most home healthcare providers follow best practices

  • Qualified, experienced staff are trained to international standards
  • Minimal information gap is assured by working closely with treating doctors
  • Standard protocols on critical care best practices are followed
  • Structured communication between nurses, treating doctor and the family is ensured by technology, processes and proper documentation
  • The latest technology is utilized to support the home care process

Direct benefits for the doctor

  • Faster recovery of patients due to better treatment compliance
  • Less chance of secondary infections
  • Improved patient satisfaction due to better clinical outcomes
  • Reduced length of stay thus improving efficiency and throughputs
  • Treatment continues as prescribed by the treating doctor and hospital
  • Continuum care as prescribed by the consultant doctor and/or hospital

Indirect benefits for the hospital

  • Home healthcare helps to free up critical care beds
  • Whenever the patient requires hospitalization, he or she is brought back to the same hospital

BY THIYAGARAJAN VELAYUTHAM, FOUNDER, IHHC | 24TH AUG 2018

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