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Home Healthcare has definitely gone mainstream

The evidence is piling up. Delivery of Home Healthcare is being adopted throughout the developed world as governments grapple with spiralling healthcare costs for an ever ageing population.

In this article (click here) from 2012, the UK Health Service Journal (HSJ) quotes a BUPA Home Healthcare study which analysed hospital episodes statistics and identified that more than 1.3 million people were staying in hospital unnecessarily. The article later goes on to show tabular evidence where up to £1.7bn of efficiency savings could be made if the NHS tackled the length of time people were staying in hospital.

But it is not only the UK where Home Healthcare is firmly on the radar. Over in the USA “A study by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation took historical data to forecast potential savings of $10.3 billion over ten years (2014-2023) by reducing regional hospital readmissions through the use of home health as the first line to handle post-acute care episodes” says this article (Click here) in the Healthcare Daily.

Cost is not the only driving factor but also improved patient outcomes. John Hopkins also carried out a year long study (click here) involving 323 patients who were sick enough to require hospitalization, but who instead opted for care through the Hospital at Home program. The program allowed “medical professionals to provide acute hospital-level care within a patient’s home, a New Mexico health system was able to reduce costs by roughly 20 percent and provide equal or better outcomes than for hospital inpatients”.

Project E-vita has been delivering solutions to the Home Healthcare market for over 10 years, enabling our clients to capture clinical data as close to the point of delivery of care as possible, in the patient’s own home. Read more about our commitment to and solutions for this model of Patient care here.

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