It is tough to imagine healthcare without patient care coordination. Acquainting oneself with the features and benefits of care coordination is essential for a mishap proof health practice.
As the saying goes – precaution is better than cure; it holds specific importance in light of increasing deaths due to medical negligence. The lack of coordination among healthcare practitioners in medical facilities is the third biggest cause of deaths in America. Around 700 hundred deaths happen in a day, not from injury or any sickness that cannot be treated and has an inevitable outcome, but due to mismanagement like lack of patient care coordination.
Healthcare exists to heal injuries and save lives; it cannot exist without a proper care coordination mechanism in place. If the healthcare staff wants to advance better care and its reimbursement, coordination among all caretaking members and groups becomes mandatory. Any patient information from diagnosis to all treatment stages needs to be communicated to every participant involved in that particular patient’s healthcare activities.
Doctors of few prestigious medical institutions and hospitals also realise the requirement of effective and centralized coordination in all systems within hospitals, diagnostic centers and clinics. They reached the requirement of mandating patient care coordination upon a survey’s findings that showed death statistics due to medical malpractices.
Death is the last consequence. However there are lots of difficulties doctors and patients face due to lack of coordination in the system such as:-
- Most of the time a patient is not aware about the reason for which he is being referred from a primary care doctor to a specialist.
- The doubts of a patient regarding treatment and other activities after seeing a specialist remain unresolved.
- There is no mode of communication between primary care physician and the specialist. The primary care physician doesn’t have any clue about the prescription and the treatment they write for the patient on the visit.
- Specialists sometimes don’t receive clear reasons for the referral and are also not aware of the patient’s illness in its entirety.
Adoption of Collaboration Platforms
Care coordination can be easily deployed into a healthcare system with the aid of a collaboration platform which will simplify and streamline the communication between patients, primary care physicians and referral staff. Efficient digital care coordination systems have been built to resolve problems and to organize a patient’s complete medical history and details in an e-record which can be shared easily with every participant involved in the treatment. The records and medical history, allergies, medications, immunization status, laboratory test results and personal statistics such as age, weight and the billing information can be saved in a central database. This centralization of information prevents any loss of a patient’s medical history and that helps in focused treatment from the very beginning. Digital care coordination systems are now changing the quality of delivery of care and other medical services.
15-20% of large (around 400 Beds) hospitals in the US have already developed and deployed advanced and smart digital care coordination systems whereas around 80% hospitals don’t even have basic systems like EHR (Electronic Health Record) and EMR (Electronic Medical Records) platforms. The implementation of such digital care coordination systems is central to the the betterment of delivery of safe and efficient healthcare.
These care coordination systems through data visualisation, insight and data availability help clinicians drive better outcomes. Organizations like Care Coordination Institute (CCI), based in Greenville, USA have built a system that scans and presents the healthcare data of 2.4 million citizens of South Carolina. Organizations like CCI help in implementing clinically integrated networks by designing and delivering new models and prototypes of patient care coordination.
If you need such a care coordination or collaboration platform, Consagous can be your extended team for development. We can build secure cloud-based tools like clinical collaboration, mobile health applications & patient portals to engage and educate all patients in their planning of healthcare & decision making process in a timely format with efficient utilisation of resources at hand.