With losses of more than $202.6 billion during the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. healthcare is suffering and there’s no end in sight. Healthcare organizations and providers have quickly turned to telehealth to maintain care, increasing its use by 50% in primary care alone.
Patient Education & Innovative Communication Strategies Drive Success
At UbiCare, we often refer to research showing that medical care has only a 10% – 20% influence on health outcomes, while patient behaviors and self-care have a 40% – 50% influence. With healthcare providers increasingly pressured to shorten hospital stays and reduce office-visit time, how do you increase the influence a hospital, health system or medical practice has on improving health outcomes outside the hospital or medical office?
Melanie Iannace, Muskuloskeletal Service Coordinator at AtlantiCare joined me recently to tell a success story in which AtlantiCare and UbiCare collaborated to target health literacy and patient engagement.
When we introduced MIMI, UbiCare’s national public health initiative to help reduce preventable maternal and infant mortality, we noted that U.S. infant mortality rates are decreasing, though at a slower rate than in comparable countries. Unlike infant mortality, however, maternal mortality in the U.S. has steadily increased over the last 25 years.
Maternal and infant mortality rates in the U.S. are too high for a country that claims to have the best healthcare in the world. Recent data shows that even as the numbers slowly improve, the pace of improvement continues to lag behind that of comparable countries. And in at least 10 states, where this mortality is significantly higher than the national average, this is a crisis. Most troubling for all of us is that some of these deaths are preventable. Is your hospital or practice grappling with this issue? Are you frustrated with the results of your efforts to address the problem?