More connectivity will enable that to happen and both healthcare professionals and the patients they care for believe that to be the case3. With a full picture of the patient, the focus of hospitals can shift away from treating critical patients to preventing health problems before they happen or deliver more accurate treatments and better health outcomes to large sections of society, wherever they are.
“30 years ago information was essentially being carried from person to person. We relied on the awareness of the caregiver, the physician or the nurse and they wrote things down,” says Carbone. “We're moving to a world now where the collective experience across large groups of patients, the country, the world, whatever grouping you want to look to is now turning into best practices, very precise protocol. The amassing and use of information may be the most impactful technological change that we may be experiencing right now.”
“The biggest game changer for how we ultimately practice medicine and take care of our patients, may be the availability of our information, not just data, but really constructive information that helps our caregivers make better decisions.”
“So to do well in an environment where we know our patients, we track them, we work to keep them healthy, we have to touch them through the entire continuum from childhood, middle-age, and elderly, and to do that we have to live outside the building.”
“And again, I think any institution would tell you that we have to be broadly community based, not building-centric, which was essentially the role of hospitals 50 years ago.”