Promoting Change in Challenging Times

As we close out a summer like no other, we have become accustomed to reports of extreme weather events, pandemic deaths, immunization hesitancy, mask mandates, healthcare failures, and facility closures.The entire world is hoping a new season will bring much needed change in climate, healthcare, and so much more. Leaders across the practice continuum are calling for innovation and change and as a company of experts in frailty, Patient Pattern, welcomes September and embraces change. Toward this end, we’re keeping our fingers on the pulse of what leaders are saying.

What Leaders Are Saying About The Pandemic

COVID-19 is sadly still wreaking havoc around the world and the plethora of media information can be overwhelming, confusing, and discouraging. On September 1, In a study conducted in the UK, researchers looked at characteristics, including age, frailty, and deprivation, and compared them to infection after immunization. They found that “Individuals with health conditions that limited their independence – such as frailty – were up to twice as likely to contract COVID-19 infection after double vaccination and to become sick.” While their symptoms were milder and severe illness less likely to end in hospitalization, as professionals caring for the frail, we know that the pandemic continues to stalk the frail and identifying who is at risk remains key to protecting the most vulnerable and the workers who care for them.

What Leaders Are Saying About Healthcare Professionals

On September 1, yet another crisis in healthcare merited elaboration, as the American Nurses Association, representing 4.2 million nurses, communicated with the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC, urging the department to acknowledge the severe nursing shortage that exists in the United States – and has existed for many years. The loss of life of co-workers from COVID-19 and the extremely risky working conditions have taken a toll on nurses and all healthcare workers. They have submitted an agenda for the administration to consider and conclude with “We cannot be a healthy nation until we commit to address underlying, chronic nursing workforce challenges that have persisted for decades.”

What Leaders Are Saying About Innovation and Change

Again, on September 1, a review article enumerated the status of the digitalized healthcare environment acknowledging that data from multiple sources abound and emphasizing the value of applying that data to our approaches to care rather than allowing the data to sit unexamined in separate silos. The time constraints on most clinicians does not allow for reviewing all the information available and yet a comprehensive assessment, using this historical data, may be very important for proactive management and decision-making. To encourage clinicians to make the best use of the data available, the authors observed, the software dashboard must be easy to use, with adequate, useful information, and include clinical decision support relevant to the population served. Healthcare today has changed and has been slow to accept digitalization. It is clear from the literature that adapting to change requires flexibility, andPatient Pattern is committed to making change as easy and constructive as possible.

Patient Pattern Has Solutions

Calculating frailty, using data from multiple sources, remains our focus and the insights from the data are presented in an easy to use format. Each solution is designed with the user in mind, avoiding irrelevant information and managing data overload. The resulting Frailty Risk Score identifies those at the highest risk for all adverse outcomes and allows for efficient completion of medical records. Please check out our solutions to these challenges on the minds of healthcare leaders today.