Forget about the problems and inconveniences of going to the hospital for a simple blood test. Half of the treatments that take place in a hospital can already be done at your home. Will this advance change our healthcare system?
Niels van Namen leads the UPS Europe Healthcare team as the Vice President for Healthcare. He explained recently in a Ted Talk the advantages of healthcare delivered at home.
Many people do not like going to the hospital because of the crappy food, expensive parking or intense smell. You may have had to travel long distances in order to go to the hospital. Furthermore, in rural areas it is difficult to access to the health care system.
The poor as well as the elderly have problems getting to the hospital because of the lack of transportation affordable and confortable. What is more, 64 percent of the Americans are avoiding going to the hospital due to cost.
The executive thinks the hospital system to be “broken and obsolete”. “Why putting together sick people in one big building?”, he asked.
Hospitals set up as assembly lines based on the principles of the Industrial Revolution to produce efficiently, Niels van Namen explained.
So he aims a new hospital system that resolves around health care at home. Researchers has proved that 46 percentt of hospital care can move to the patients’ home.
Chronic desease can be treated in smaller and mobile care centers.
On the opposite side, intensive care, neonatology, surgery and image will still remain at hospitals.
Going to the hospital is a problem for many patients that cannot leave their best companion in life. However, at home there are no problems for staying with your dog.
But for him, costs are also an issue. The cost for treating you at home can be up to 10 times cheaper than hospital care, van Namen pointed out.
In addition to that, home care is easy to facilitate and quick to set up. It makes it appropriate for humanitarian situations and aplicable in undeserved communities as well as developing countries.
For all this reasons, he aimed the hospital bed in the future will be your home.
It has already started, as global home care is growing 10 percent year over year. Logistics and technology are making this home health care solutions work. Blood tests or urine tests can now be taken in our homes.