5 Posts in Integrated Care
If you Google “integrated healthcare platform” your search will deliver dozens of companies and consultants offering their services or solutions. There are many companies adept at pointing out what’s wrong in an organization. But revealing vulnerabilities accomplishes only half the battle if these companies don’t then provide solutions for solving those problems.
A young boy, Tommy, shuffles his feet into the consult room followed by his mother and grandmother. Fidgety, hesitant, and anxious, he picks at his oversized clothing. The clothes couldn’t hide that this child is overweight.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), integrated care is defined as “the systematic coordination of general and behavioral healthcare.” Put simply, integrated care provides whole-person care in coordination with different health professionals.
The goal of integrated care is to deliver coordinated, whole-person care – with the aim of improving outcomes for patients and providers. Failing to manage complex conditions and chronically ill patients is often associated with escalating medical concerns, which can lead to increased costs and mortality. Changing the care delivery model in the U.S. is a massive undertaking though, and...
You know the old joke, which came first, the chicken or the egg? That’s how I view integrated care and my career. While the integrated care label may be dominating headlines — with providers across the continuum talking about treating the “whole person” — I think that my career has targeted an integrated approach from day one.