It’s an all-too-familiar scenario: patients with chronic respiratory disease experience an event that requires hospitalization. With excellent care, their condition improves, and they are discharged home. But in the transition to home, the care continuum is interrupted. Without proper in-home management, patients can wind up being readmitted. This can become an unfortunate pattern that can ultimately harm the patient—and add to healthcare costs.
Today, despite increasing awareness among both clinicians and the community at large that patients would rather be treated at home, many clinicians still do not fully appreciate the importance of connected care to patient outcomes. Many hospitals do not have programs to efficiently and effectively transition patients to their homes.
In fact, chronically ill patients do better at home with the right kind of continuous and connected care. They experience a better quality of life, with improved well-being and reduced hospital readmissions.1