The Patient Lifecycle can be understood as the journey of a patient from the time they enter an integrated healthcare system, to the delivery of care to meet their health needs. Integrated Healthcare allows for the delivery of remarkable consumer experiences and optimised health and wellbeing at each point of the patient lifecycle. Utilising the patient lifecycle provides practitioners with insights that allow them to improve their systems and optimise their delivery of care. This not only helps improve the quality of service delivered, but also enables better management and greater healthcare provisions.
Patient lifecycles can be better understood by breaking it down into three features:
- Patient Identity: Patient identity management allows healthcare providers to understand the unique identity of each individual in their care. This includes information regarding names, birth dates, and gender, but also enables more accurate tracking of a patient’s digital healthcare information. This information may be present in several systems belonging to multiple medical providers, including GPs, dermatologists, dentists, cardiologists, and more. Understanding patient identity ensures that information about that patient is transparent, up-to-date, easy to access, available to the appropriate parties
- Care Needs: Following on from Patient Identity, the needs of a patient are of paramount importance. Most patients have multiple needs, from booking appointments, prescriptions, specialist care, long and short-term treatment, recovery periods, and more. Integrated Health gives the patient more control over their care plan, and of their health, and is important to note that the needs of each patient will be different, just like the lifecycle of each patient is different. To ensure that the patient lifecycle is uninterrupted, practitioners and providers need to not only understand the individual patient’s needs but also how to meet these needs appropriately. It is important to note periods where a patient does not require medical care are also part of their health care lifecycle.
- Medical facilities: The patient lifecycle may involve several medical centres and multiple medical professionals and treatments. Integrated healthcare allows providers to ensure that patients not only receive the treatment that suits their needs best but also provides transparency across multiple locations and doctors. This reduces the time spent examining past treatments and understanding results, allowing patients to receive better care earlier in their healthcare journey. With integrated healthcare, medical providers can also improve their patient monitoring services. With regular software updates, clinical support tools, and service education, medical professionals can get the most from their technology. Monitoring investments allow for more significant patient insights that improve the efficiency required for effective patient care.
By understanding these points, providers can deliver more effective Integrated Healthcare practices, and utilising this the patient lifecycle can provideinsights that allow practitioners to improve clinical processes and provides patients with a greater degree of care.
MOQdigital genuinely believes that in partnership with our Health and Aged Care customers, we can use technology to enhance the patient care experience. As a trusted partner of many Health and Aged Care facilities, including Aveo, Multiple Sclerosis Queensland, and Lutheran Community Care, we have experience delivering an extensive range of quality ICT services and solutions. Get in touch with a MOQdigital consultant today to discuss the digital opportunities of Integrated Healthcare today.