A new Moody’s Investor Service report predicts the healthcare industry of the future will rely heavily on outpatient care – a shift that underpins the evolving standards of care needed in both traditional hospitals and outpatient facilities.
The report explains that traditional hospital bed space will be dedicated strictly to chronically ill, high-need patients. As such, the demand for outpatient services will increase exponentially, as it will be utilized for less severe health issues that arise more frequently. This forecasted transformation is a response to the growing dilemma of nursing and physician shortages. By approaching outpatient services with this end goal in mind, there are investments to be made that could potentially deliver greater efficiencies at a lower cost, while also improving access to physicians.
In order to create an outpatient care experience that meets this growing demand and improves care quality, it’s critical that the healthcare industry adopt even more technological solutions that help to facilitate the entire process. [Read more…]