By David Crist, senior vice president of sales & marketing for Brother Mobile Solutions
There are a number of issues and trends impacting the healthcare industry that should be of particular note for home health providers as the push to provide better care to more individuals continues.
First, there’s Medicare reimbursement and new penalties put on hospitals with high avoidable readmissions. This increases the pressure on home health agencies to leverage technology to aid patients in following aftercare instructions, adhering to medication plans and accessing their medical information – all to better prevent costly readmissions from occurring.
Next, we’re facing unprecedented growth in the number of aging Americans. Baby boomers have recently begun reaching retirement age, making the senior age group the largest population in the country. As seniors continue to live longer, and the popularity of “aging at home” continues to rise, the home health market will be tasked to streamline care and keep up with a growing patient base that requires a greater level of care over a longer period of time.