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10/11/2020

Increased pressures on healthcare budgets and the ageing of the population are two aspects of a current challenge: Today’s healthcare systems need urgent modernisation.


Building on this premise, NWE-Chance project coordinator, Astrid van Velde, and her colleague, Ed de Kluiver, co-authored an article exploring the future of hospitals and the key role of hospital admissions at home. The co-authors emphasise how some hospital care can be harmful to patients, leading to infections and delirium. During the current pandemic crisis, they especially realised how in-hospital care can enable a virus to spread faster, undermining the efforts of care professionals.
 
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Our hospitals may be a bit sick, but there’s a remedy: caring for patients at home.

Yet, some challenges remain. Hospitalisations at home require excellent logistics and a solid and professional organisation.

A successful example of hospitalisation@home is the virtual Isala Heart Centre, which was launched some 20 years ago. It provides hospital care through healthcare professionals who are available at a distance. It uses a variety of technologies at the point-of-care, like eHealth, mHealth, and sensors in/on a patient.

Indeed, technology helps: The “med tech” sector is now booming. It can facilitate even more the introduction of digital health and digital therapeutics thanks to the use of artificial intelligence and nanotechnologies.

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EHTEL disseminates important findings like these through its role in the NWE-Chance project, an Interreg initiative based in north-west Europe (NWE) which works on delivering hospital-level care at home for heart failure patients.

More information on this topic:

  1. Chance@Home, a successful pilot for treating patients with heart failure
  2. NWE-Chance project website

 


Read the original article on healthmanagement.org website

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