Prior to COVID-19, many health systems functioned just sufficiently to support the needs of the patients under its care.
"ForaHealthyMe address a current need in the healthcare sector which was highlighted throughout this year with the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 forced care providers to think differently to provide care virtually out of necessity. They set up temporary solutions, not knowing how long the pandemic would last. Now care providers are realizing there is a continued need for virtual solutions."
On a global scale, the myriad of problems within health systems were widely recognized and acknowledged. Many systems have suffered from chronic funding challenges, deficiencies and issues that led to patients receiving sub-optimal care.
- During the first and second waves of COVID-19, many healthcare institutions cancelled or delayed necessary procedures. In many regions, this also resulted in a long surgical backlog.
- The pandemic also prevented patients from visiting the emergency room for serious health issues unrelated to the pandemic. Early reports indicate an increase in death rates among cardiovascular and stroke patients. This resulted in an increase in non-COVID-19 related deaths.
- Post-COVID-19 patients, including those not admitted to hospital, are expected to have high needs for physical, psychological, and cognitive rehabilitation (long-COVID). The unpredictable outcomes associated with delayed care and COVID-19 long-haulers will increase costs.
"Once the immediate and direct impact of COVID-19 in a particular geography has passed, the effects from deferred care will likely create new challenges for individuals and the healthcare system that could increase annual costs in the United States between $30 billion and $65 billion."
Understanding the hidden costs of COVID-19’s potential impact on US healthcare by Global Management Consultants, McKinsey & Company, Sept. 2020.
Addressing the Challenges Head On
Many hospitals and health systems were forced to deploy video call solutions like Zoom and WebEx. While these applications enable connectivity and communication, they do not significantly improve care and health outcomes.
ForaHealthyMe technology has been proven to increase patient access to care, improve health outcomes, reduce travel and save both patients and providers time and money.
Our integrated tools assess both physical and mental health. Thereby, helping providers gain a full picture of the patient’s health versus, a single factor.
Our digital tools:
- Reduce the number of in-person visits and hospital re-admissions,
- Enhance patient education and healthcare accessibility,
- Engage patients more proactively in their own care, and;
- Help reduce provider and healthcare system costs.
Our product can be used by care teams like physicians, nurse educators, support workers, counsellors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists as part of a care plan to extend treatment beyond the walls of the facility.
Benefits to Providers / Institutions
Low-cost solutions are needed to:
- Reduce costs and manage wait times
- Enable pre-op, remote care to prepare patients for surgery and post-op rehab
- Prepare for the future needs of COVID-19 long-haulers
- Streamline patient and caregiver instructions before and after surgery
- Apply best practices in pre/post-op care to reduce risk of surgical complications
- Reduce hospital stay without increasing patient risk
- Track and measure patient readiness for surgery
A Modular System (Not a One Size Fits All)
As a modular system, the technologies can operate together or independently of each other. It is customized and optimized for institutions based on the:
- Patient Population
- Treatment Area
- Clinical workflows and Protocols
- Health Outcomes Requirements
- IoT connectivity and needs
Applications are delivered through a computer and mobile application using cloud-based technology. This includes both provider and patient facing solutions.LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LONG-TERM IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CARE AND SURGICAL NEEDS