Personalized care and integrating precision medicine into our healthcare system is a rising trend. Not just for 2018, but also for more years to come, this development will impact the healthcare industry heavily.
There are a few breakthroughs in healthcare that guide us to a more patient centered system. Doctor´s visits are often replaced by some kind of technology solution and the “one-size fits all” solution is being replaced by individual treatment.
A first major shift is that we do not necessarily have to leave our house anymore to receive healthcare. There are many possibilities to access healthcare through the web. Especially apps are very useful. You can describe your symptoms in an app, which will provide you with a simple diagnosis or doctors will be on call in case of more complicated diagnosis. This virtual care seems to become a real options for patients who prefer this to “going to see a doctor” at a care institution. This method can be used for consultations, reminders or follow-ups, for example.
Out of the hospital, into the home
Also, care is moving out of the hospital, into the home. This means that in some hospitals tests are being done to threat stable patients, who do not need intensive and round the clock care, at their home. These patients can recover in their own home and environment and do not have the risk of infections or sleeplessness for example. It seems to be a solution that fits care institutions, caregivers and patients at the same time. It also reduces costs of the provided care. This is due to the lower labor costs and fewer lab tests and visits from the specialist. It was also concluded that patients treated at their home are more physically active compared to patients that are in hospital beds most of the day. This new trend in home care also shortens the period that care is needed and reduces hospital readmission.
There is also a change in the individualization of care that is provided. According to person´s genes and sometimes with the help of artificial intelligence, treatments can be adjusted to every single individual. Two people might have the same disease and even the same symptoms but will react differently to certain medication or treatment. More personalized care can provide correct treatment for both of them.
More often it is said that to treat pain, you need to treat the patient and not the disease. This is mainly said for people with chronic diseases, since they differ in many cases. Chronic diseases might be influenced by the mental state of the patient, genetics and also the quality of life of the patient. Every patient can experience pain differently, even if the disease is diagnosed similarly. Another issue that arises here is the presence of multiple chronic diseases and the need to look at the patient as one human being with a combination of diseases instead of at the individual conditions. Study finds that a thorough pain assessment can help the development of proper treatment. This improves the assessment, treatment and management of chronic pain.
All in all, the main reason for this changing healthcare system is technology. Because of technology many new possibilities for providing treatment open up.
What can Foston contribute to personalizing care?
With Foston’s integration solution, Calas, care can be more personalized. With Calas it is possible to give different grades of importance to patient alarms. When integrating certain care systems it is easy to establish lifestyle patterns with Calas. Therefore Calas can help your care institution to provide more personalized care, in an efficient way, for all of your patients.