31 Mar ERDMAN E-News – Creating Better Outcomes for Seniors and Pediatrics
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Hospitals and Health Networks, January 2017
In order to improve Medicare and healthcare in general for our rapidly aging population, several improvements should be considered. First, seniors over age 65 are generally addressed as one group with similar needs. Given the higher need for healthcare services for this larger group, it would be beneficial to consider the lifestyles and stages within this group more specifically.
Additionally, a Medicare plan to support lower-income seniors with chronic care needs would benefit senior healthcare. Caregivers for this group should also be considered, relative to the great amount of effort they invest.
Finally, there is a need for greater care coordination for seniors, which would lessen the costs by preventing readmissions and ED visits and improving quality of life in general for this growing group.
Based on a winning hypothesis for The Institute for Patient-Centered Design’s Family-Centered Cancer Care Design Competition, ERDMAN proposes the need for change in environments of care for patients of pediatric oncology. Jen Edmonds, Market Intelligence Analyst, and Mike McKay, VP and Senior Architect, discuss the changes ERDMAN proposes for this environment, based on research and principles of evidence-based design.