Turning point for hospital-at-home
Telemedicine has had rapid growth over the last 12 months of social distancing spiked enormously. The value of keeping people out of a doctor´s office has become evident, with more affordable care, shorter wait times, and reduced risk of infections. With the growing use of doctor-on-demand apps along with the growth of investments in telehealth companies (up 70%, surpassing $10 B) more opportunities arise from reimaging what medical-level monitoring in the home should look like. As a result, the next years might be a turning point for the hospital-att-home movement.
Hospital-at-home services can deliver hospital-level care to patients in their own homes. Not physically located within a hospital, patients are still continuously and intimately connected to their care teams through in-person visits, virtual visits, digital communication channels, and remote biometric monitoring technologies.
As technology improved, two-way video calls, remote monitoring of patient vital signs, screening capabilities, do-it-yourself lab kits, wearable tech and sensors placed around the house, and easily portable medical equipment, it possible to provide more specialist care reliably in peoples’ homes.
More about the $1 trillion quests to bring hospitals at-home care to your home here.
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“If home hospital were a drug, everyone would buy it.”
Dr. David Levine, "Home Hospital" Co-developer, Brigham & Women´s Hospital