If you close your eyes and think about a patient in a hospital, chances are that you’re picturing a patient in a bed, with a clinician standing over the bedside. For the longest time, patient care was delivered at the bedside. Everything from checking vital signs to delivering drug infusions to relaying care plans has been based on what staff can do for patients while treating them in-person. It’s the quintessential image of delivering patient care.
The move to value-based care, along with major shifts in the patient population – such as the dramatic increase in patients living with chronic conditions – and the ever-present concern of rising health costs are prompting health care organizations to think beyond this model. Not only is patient care moving beyond the hospital and into the home, but care within the four walls of the hospital is also changing.