October 9, 2013
Healthcare technology no longer is limited to just hospitals. Increasingly, it is moving into homes and other nonclinical locations—making it possible to reduce hospital costs and increase patient comfort and convenience. However, there are risks and challenges to consider as this technology is placed in nonclinical environments, into the hands of individuals who are not medical professionals.
The two-day event brought together leaders from the medical device industry and regulatory bodies, clinicians from healthcare institutions, researchers, and others to identify, discuss, and formulate strategic initiatives and priorities focused on ensuring the safety and effectiveness of medical technology in nonclinical settings. The summit illuminated many impediments to safe, effective healthcare outside of hospitals. The approaches that work well in robust hospital infrastructures, with well-trained professionals, fall short in highly variable nonclinical settings.
The Clarion Themes, as detailed in a free PDF report on the summit, are:
- Deepen all stakeholders’ understanding of use environments—and their remarkable variability.
- Coordinate multiple and recurring transitions in care to improve patient safety.
- Adopt a systems approach—encompassing people, workflows, therapies, technology, and payment—to redesign the full spectrum of healthcare in nonclinical settings.
- Standardize and simplify.
- Design with empathy.
- Summit Report: A Vision for Anywhere, Everywhere Healthcare
- Priorities from the Summit
- Summit Working Document
- Supporting Organizations
- Horizons: Home Healthcare: Tackling the Challenge of Medical Technology in Nonclinical Settings, Spring 2013
- Home Healthcare Draft Guidance, December 12, 2012
- Home Use Devices
- Medical Device Home Use Initiative, White Paper, April 2010
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Adoption and Use of Electronic Health Records and Mobile Technology by Home Health and Hospice Care Agencies, National Healthcare Statistics Reports, Number 66, May 20, 2013, HHS, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics
- Fast Stats: Home Health Care
- Home Health Care and Discharged Hospice Care Patients: United States, 2000 and 2007, National Healthcare Statistics Reports, Number 38, April 27, 2011, HHS, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics
- National Home and Hospice Care Survey
- 17 Healthcare Niches — Observations for 2013, Becker's Beckers's Hospital Review
- Basic Statistics About Home Healthcare, 2010,The National Association for Home Care & Hospice
- House calls may offer cost-effective, higher quality care for elderly, Fierce Practice Management, July 30, 2013, Debra Beaulieu
- Remote patient monitoring to save $36B globally by 2018, Fierce Mobile Healthcare, July 17, 2013, Greg Slabodkin
- American Association for Homecare
- National Association for Home Care & Hospice
- National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)