Expert Panel Highlights Capacity of Home Care to Improve Health Systems
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 8, 2010) – Following the release of the RAND Corporation’s report on issues and challenges facing home healthcare, a panel discussion was held today in effort to facilitate movement forward with this new knowledge. Royal Philips Corporation, which commissioned the RAND study, hosted the discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Read the report here.
Panelist Richard D. Brennan, Jr., M.A., Deputy Director of Government Affairs for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and Director of NAHC’s affiliate Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA), spoke at the event and set the stage of the present state of home healthcare and where it is headed. Right now, 33,000 home health care providers deliver healthcare to 12 million Americans annually and are recognized for providing high quality, cost effective care.
“The best way to thrive in a changing environment is to facilitate the change,” said Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC. “This industry is quick to adapt current technology offerings to patient care, case in point, 78% of home heath care providers utilize e-practice management systems and 64% use point of care systems.”
Care of the current and upcoming aging populations is of special concern as people are living longer with chronic diseases. Utilization of home care could diminish the need for some hospital visits and reduce rehospitalizations of chronically ill patients; maintaining the comfort of some patients, lowering bed days at hospitals and creating an environment for more efficient care. A number of the panelists today stressed that patients want to be in their homes rather than being institutionalized.
Source: National Association for Home Care and Hospice
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