Meeting Patients Where They Are
In the U.S. there are more than two million patients who have trouble getting to the doctor’s office for regular patient care. A significant number of patients are homebound or cannot come for in-person care for reasons that include:
- Being too elderly, sick, or frail to travel
- Inability to find adequate transportation to and from a medical clinic
- Being homebound
- Having severe cognitive or psychiatric issues
Only a small percentage of these patients have access to home-based primary care. But as the number of elderly patients increases, providers must be able to find ways to get the care to these patients. That is especially true as medical advances help patients live longer than ever before, even with chronic health conditions.
Today there are more than 55 million seniors over 65 in the U.S.—that’s more than 16% of the population, or about one out of every seven Americans. That number is projected to grow significantly, reaching more than 20% of the population by 2030. In an AARP study, 90 percent of seniors said they prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible and continue receiving care. Living at home improves patients’ feelings of security and comfort. But staying at home is increasingly difficult if they cannot get the medical care they need because of mobility, transportation, or cognitive limitations.
The right home care software from AdvancedMD can help primary care physicians meet these patients’ needs, no matter where they are getting care.