Everyone involved in the funding and delivery of healthcare is well aware of the impact social determinants have on outcomes for individuals and populations. Whether they be publicly funded or insurance based health systems, the challenge in addressing these remains the same.
Architects understand a very important principle that healthcare professionals can learn from: without the right support, a building can’t stand.
Just like any other industry, healthcare has a past, a present, and a future. However, with low patient-to-clinician ratios and rising patient needs, the future of healthcare is hanging in the balance.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of patients disregard medical advice. Not only does this non-compliance compromise patient health, but it also costs the US around $300 billion annually.
Patient education, patient engagement, behavior change are all trending topics in the current healthcare climate. The importance of these topics hinges on two important results integrated delivery networks invest themselves in - improved patient outcomes and lower medical costs.
In the United States, low life expectancy is rising due to unresolved chronic mental conditions and other recurring illnesses. Low clinician to patient ratios make diagnosis difficult.