Today, home healthcare can offer consultations and investigations using mobile equipment. These investigations include noninvasive cardiology tests such as ECG, lung function tests, neurology tests, and many others. Therapeutic interventions, using endoscopy or minor to moderate surgical interventions, can be performed at home if policies and procedures are defined and accredited by authorities. Large equipment, such as: computerized tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), can be placed in trucks. The trucks carrying testing equipment visit the patients at their homes and provide the patients with the tests they need; avoiding the inconvenient and time consuming trips to the hospital.
It is common for patients to spend a few days in the hospital after a surgical procedure for observations of potential complications. However, if we put clear policies and procedures, we can observe the patient at home the very next day after surgery. The availability of monitoring devices allows transmitting patients’ data instantly via the Internet to the doctor’s -or nurse’s-desk. The data is analyzed by a software and the doctor or nurse can be alerted if the data exceeds acceptable limits. The same message can be sent to the patients themselves or they’re next of kin. The philosophy is: Health providers go to the sick, not the opposite