Exploding number of cases. Overwhelmed health systems. Heartbreaking reports with no end in sight. Italy has lessons for rest of the world.
Healthcare physicians in Italy are pleading to the rest of the world to treat more patients at home. They have warned that medical practice during pandemic may need to be turned on its head – delivering care to as many patients at home.
Physicians and the entire healthcare systems need to make decisions amid uncertainty. In practice, this means, they need to pause, asses the situation from various vantage points, anticipate what happens next and act.
As per the physicians in at Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo, “US physicians need to understand and learn from the experiences and the mistakes that happened in Italy. Western health care systems have been built around the concept of patient-centered care, however during pandemic, it should be more of a community-centered care.”
The physicians reiterate that the “main” source of COVID-19 transmission is the hospitals as it is transmitting the disease from the COVID-19 patients to non- COVID-19 patients. Ambulances and infected personnel, especially those without symptoms, carry the contagion both to other patients and back into the community. Home- based care is no more an option, it is rather a necessity and a responsibility to protect the community.
“Managing patients at home is a brilliant thing that could be augmented by mobile clinics and telemedicine. Bring them nutrition, measure their oxygen levels, even bring them oxygen, and you can probably keep many of them at home. This is what we mean by moving from patient-centered medicine: Of course, you still care for and care about the patient, but you also think about the population as a whole. That change would decrease transmission and protect other patients as well as health care workers.” – Maurizio Cereda, co-director of the surgical ICU at Penn Medicine
Taking these lessons to heart, our COVID-19 platform is already being rolled out into largest health systems across the country. Vivify Health, the developer of the nation’s leading connected care platform for remote patient care, can help your organization leverage best practices to screen and monitor patients at-home and help our health systems from becoming overly taxed.
Learn more about our COVID-19 screening and monitoring pathways