Medical technologies can enable healthcare systems work more efficiently by preventing acute care, allow for less invasive and shorter interventions, enable care at home as well as better self-management of conditions.
All this helps to reduce costly hospital stays and time. It can avoid complex emergency care or complications and allows better time spend on severe and complicated cases. Technologies that do all this include remote monitoring technologies e.g. for chronic cardiac patients, technologies that avoid and manage healthcare associated infections and anti-microbial resistance and technologies that allow for home care schemes, e.g. for dialysis or chronic wound management. Here is how:
Community care is treatment received outside of the hospital. Europe’s population is growing and ageing at the same time, creating new healthcare challenges. Medical technology can play an important role in helping manage these challenges, with innovations like specialised pain relief and self-management at home.