Our community’s healthcare needs are changing. Patients are increasingly turning to alternative healthcare options not limited to just simply accessing medical information online. On the surface, it may seem healthcare professionals are resistant to moving away from the traditional model of healthcare services.
This creates an unchartered space for both patients and healthcare providers. A space where patients are left to navigate a wealth of health information without safe effective guidance and a lack of alternative service models utilising technology to better serve patients and also their carers.
One of the concerns health professionals have is the disruption to continuity of care to patients.
Continuity of care can be seen as the effective communication between healthcare services in working together with a patient to help them better manage their health.
Fragmentation of care is not necessarily the introduction of non traditional online healthcare services but more how our community and healthcare providers utilise and incorporate these services.
Patients are already unknowingly fragmenting their own healthcare because of the rigidity of the outdated current healthcare system. They attend multiple healthcare providers who do not necessarily share healthcare information. They look for unregulated misguided medical information online. We see increased frustration from patients and increasing burden on carers as our population ages.
We, at POPS, are working towards reformulating healthcare into a more effective shared management process between the patient and all their healthcare providers. We aim to help shape healthcare into a more effective joint partnership. To allow health professionals to help patients be more proactive about their health, make appropriate, safe and informed medical decisions and also giving them flexibility to access and manage their own healthcare.
Unfortunately there will always be a small number of people who misuse medical systems no matter how technological or traditional the service. This shouldn’t be seen as a hindrance in allowing improvements and development of new healthcare systems but rather an opportunity for growth but also for us to improve strategies to safeguard and minimise the misuse.
Join us in the revolution. Together we can make our healthcare system into something amazing not just for ourselves but also our parents and our future generation. POPS is just the beginning.