THE FUTURE OF ACUTE HEALTHCARE
UMCG, City of Groningen, Hanze UAS, University of Groningen, Province of Groningen and Odyssey invite you to help in the challenge of leveraging the right combination of caregivers, resources and time across the region for patients in order to have optimal accessibility of acute healthcare.
If you want to make the acute care system more efficient, you need to work on the biggest bottlenecks in the care value chain. Patients coming into the hospital are only one side of the coin. If patients don’t transition out fast enough, the system can still clog up. Did you know that 80% of patients who have had treatment, but need to be moved to a temporary care home, are moved by ambulance? This places a strain on the availability of ambulances for actual acute emergency situations, but more importantly, if there are no ambulances available, the patient has to stay an extra day.
The current system for moving patients who have recovered only starts running on the day itself. Patients are given a ‘well enough to move out’ signal between 2 and 4 in the afternoon, and only then the wheels start turning: a care home will have to make all the arrangements, have the capacity, has to have the personnel and there has to be transported in the form of an ambulance.
Wavy’s AI estimates the expected duration of your stay in the hospital from the minute data becomes available about you as a patient and updates it when needed. Based on this estimate, care home capacity, and transportation availability, optimal reservations are automatically made.
Thanks to this, you will not spend a day longer in the hospital than you need to be. No more uncertainty on when exactly you are allowed to leave. Moreover, should you ever need an ambulance because you’re having an acute emergency, you can rest assured that they’re not busy moving other people in non-life-threatening situations.
Long term vision
Welcome to the emergency room, my name is Wavy, I’m your personal AI health assistant. I’m sorry to tell you, your leg seems broken from your latest extreme hoverboarding session. No worries though, it’s non-life-threatening, you will be treated in the next 5 minutes. I crunched the numbers and expect you will have to stay here for observation for 5 days. After this, you can be moved to a care home for a full recovery. I’ve made the reservation care home “#skaterboizz”, which specializes in your kind of injuries and is located close to home. Transportation has been reserved as well: an Almost Ambulance. All the benefits of an ambulance, but none of the cost. Of course, life is uncertain, so I will keep crunching these numbers and updating my expectations as more up to date information comes in. Get well soon and enjoy your stay as much as that is possible.