A Broken System
Canadian hospitals were at full working capacity prior to the pandemic.
Covid-19 exposed the need for health care reform, improvement in bed flow and delivery of health care.
Surgeries started to back up as elective cases were cancelled to accommodate the mass surplus of patients in the hospital.
In February, Doctors Manitoba estimated the backlog for diagnostic and surgical procedures was over 160,000 cases.
A survey by the Canadian Medical Association found 53% of doctors were reporting burn out in 2021 compared to 30% in 2017.
Another survey released by the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) to 5,200 mostly Ontario nurses showed more then 75% classified as burnt out.
Poor Digital Integration
Doctors documentation, pharmacy data, vaccination status may not communicate with hospital software and so access to relevant patient data can be time consuming and burdensome.
Being part of the Solution
High-quality patient education is valuable to the patient as well as the healthcare system. Due to the above problems in healthcare today, it is arguably more important now than ever that patients are well-informed about their health and have access to reliable health information. Educating patients on their surgery, potential complications, and how to prevent them may lead to increased compliance, patient satisfaction and decreased incidence of complications. Increased patient knowledge of what to expect before and after surgery could help alleviate misinformation and stress, and potentially expedite discharge.
By optimizing a patients health prior to surgery through nutrition and lifestyle changes, a patient is less likely to have complication reducing burden on the health care system and aid bed flow. A app called myOp claims to have reduced complication rates by up to 50% by optimizing patient health.
Patient Access & Reminders
Access to a patient calendar with all related surgery appointment dates and any instructions will help patients remain organized and prepared. Hypothetically this will help efficiency within the health care system, and aid administrative duties.
Educate users on their upcoming surgery.
Result: Patients will be able to describe their surgery, complications associated with it, and what to expect after surgery.
Optimize patients health prior to surgery
Result: Decrease length of hospital stay after surgery
Access to evidence-based, physician approved information
Result: To allow for more ownership of health.