The Right Care, at the Right Time, in the Right Place
Explore the innovative ways hospitals and caregivers are responding to patients’ evolving needs.
Hospitals are always there for us in our times of need, and doing so means continuing to evolve and redefine what it means to provide care to their communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Take a look at some of the innovations hospitals are implementing to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place, to ensure better outcomes for all patients.
Hospitals are bringing care to the places you work and live.
With emergency department visits on the rise, hospitals are looking for ways to make routine care services more accessible, especially for underserved communities who may have limited ways of receiving care. Southcoast Health in Georgia’s wellness van has brought care to the places people work and live for more than 20 years, with a special focus on helping those who need it most. Even better, you don’t need insurance to take advantage of the services. The van will see more than 4,000 patients this year.
They’re revolutionizing treatments to reduce pain and speed up recovery.
Some hospitals are pioneering a new protocol called Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS). It’s changing the way patients prepare for and recover from surgery, and making some of the most unpleasant things about surgery—like not being able to eat or drink beforehand, and the need for bed rest after—a little easier to manage.
One such technique, straight out of your favorite sci-fi movie, is the da Vinci robot. Robotic hands, that bend and twist in ways the human hand cannot, are guided by a surgeon who sees magnified, 3D images of the surgery he or she is performing. The technique means less scarring, less pain, a lower risk of infection, and most importantly, reduced recovery time.
And they’re using technology to reduce the chances of a return visit.
Hospitals caring for patients doesn’t end when they’re discharged. With tablets and smartphones becoming commonplace across the U.S., hospitals are beginning to use mobile devices to reduce readmissions. One hospital in North Carolina is even providing tablets with specialized apps and information based on the patient’s needs, educational videos and quizzes, and health tracking.
These tablets have helped reduce readmissions by 19%.
When patients get the care they need closer to home, when hospital visits mean less pain and faster recovery, and when life is after a hospital visit is made easier, everybody wins. And every time we protect federal funding for hospitals, we’re protecting the kind of innovations that will help us, our loved ones, and future generations receive the care they need.
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