It sounds trite to say so—nevertheless it’s still true. An ounce of prevention goes a long way toward improving your long-term health. Whether that’s through making every effort to get your patients to their regular visits to see their physician, sending appointment reminders, or helping patients take action when a problem has been identified, the role that your hospital organization or medical practice can take is enormous.
Why not lead your patients to healthier lives?
Some of the most common diseases seen in the elderly actually start in young adulthood, and with proper education, risks for these conditions can be lessened.
Two common examples include:
Arthritis is commonly seen in older people. One of the leading causes is due to injuries and bones that hadn’t healed after the injury. The patient may have lacked the knowledge to strengthen the bones, muscles, and joints, thus the condition leads to arthritis. While hereditary factors may also play a role, knowing that arthritis is treatable when you catch it at its earliest stage will go far to help the patient impacted take appropriate measures.
Cancer is another disease that affects millions of our older generation. Many cancers stem from lifestyle choices such as overeating, smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol among other choices. Patients can also reduce their risks of various types of cancers with regular visits to their family doctor and take preventative measures if cancer runs in their families.
Even as young as 30, the body starts to decline, and this might be the optimal time to help your patients engage in long-term prevention of disease with good lifestyle choices now.
What can your organization do to help reduce these and other risks?
Improving the outcomes of your current patients is one of your top priorities so the fact that that you don’t actively reach out to patients who haven’t walked through your doors is no surprise. That being said, you can help patients choose you when they do need your services by sharing your core mission and values and what you believe about patient access to information and education in and out of the hospital.
Many hospitals are not adopting high tech equipment to facilitate in-house communication with patients, but they may not be adopting the strongest suite of tools. If your organization isn’t completely satisfied with your hospital grade televisions, your databases that collect and disseminate patient satisfaction information or your current plan to track and ensure patient engagement and coordination of care, you should talk with HCI today.
Specializing in innovative tools that bring technology and healthcare solutions together, we can share success story after success story with you about how tools like the IPTV and mobile devices powered by Android technology have made the difference inpatient hospital stays.
And when one patient has a positive experience, he shares that with others, which leads them to look at what your organization values.
Let HCI help you make sure that message is matched to your mission with the adoption of the latest, innovative tools to keep patients informed, educated and entertained! Contact us today!