Healthcare News & Tech
February 06, 2020
Continuity is a benefit in healthcare and is an important part of patient-centric care, the goal of which is to provide healthcare that is responsive to a patient’s needs and respectful of his or her preferences and values. The Journal of Family Practice defines continuity of care as “care over time by a single individual or team of healthcare professionals and to effective and timely communication of health information.” It’s influenced by multiple factors, including demographics, inter-professional, organizational, patient-healthcare professional relationships, the role of receptionists and more.
There are numerous advantages that emanate from the continuity of care, not the least of which is improved patient outcomes. A study published in the Journal of Family Practice notes that sustained continuity of care improves the quality of care by improving receipt of preventive services and decreasing hospitalizations and emergency department use. Not only does it not have any negative effects on quality of care, it often increases patient satisfaction, especially for those with chronic conditions. Take a look at these additional proven benefits of continuity of care:
As with most issues in the healthcare industry, there are some challenges to the continuity of care. Maintaining it intensifies in difficulty as the industry becomes more complex as with elderly patients who often require the expertise of multiple specialists. Poor continuity of care, then, provides additional risk for those patients as they transfer from a private residence to long-term care facilities. A study by Johns Hopkins University found that it also can result in costly overuse of unnecessary diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Also as with many issues throughout the healthcare industry, the emergence of technology, especially when it’s integrated, has helped facilitate continuity of care. This is even true in rural or remote areas throughout the United States and around the world. Patients who might not otherwise have access to a high quality of care can avail themselves of it through both telehealth and telemedicine. These types of virtual healthcare not only reduce travel time and costs but also improve continuity of care through real-time communication, responsive concern and reduced admissions.
Technology like electronic medical records (EMRs) enables healthcare providers to more easily collaborate in patient care and access best practice guidelines and otherwise difficult to obtain real-time data, thereby reducing the risk of errors. Patients have better access to their data along with healthcare education tools that boost their engagement in their own care. All these advantages promote continuity of care, which in turn improves patient outcomes.
At Advanced Medical Reviews, we believe every patient should receive quality healthcare. We emphasize our commitment to our clients and their patients through our continuous quality improvement, innovation, and client satisfaction. The services we provide assist healthcare organizations in giving their patients the highest quality of care available, a benefit that can be achieved through continuity of care.
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