Each year more Americans are either missing or delaying their medical care because they don’t have transportation to take them. Because of this, the healthcare industry is suffering a financial loss as a consequence. Therefore, the healthcare industry is taking necessary measures to ensure patients are receiving adequate care by making sure they’re getting to their non-emergency appointments. Experts predict that in 2019:
There will be an increased awareness for non-emergency transportation (NEMT)
Care will increasingly go beyond traditional care setting
Further insight is needed into where, when, and how patients are moving throughout the healthcare ecosystem.
Increased Awareness of Non-Emergency Transportation
Healthcare organizations are faced with serious challenges regarding the management of patients throughout the healthcare system. A recent survey found that about 85% of patients stated to have waited a maximum of 40 minutes past their appointment time to see the doctor. To help minimize wait times, non-emergency transportation is a crucial component. Utilizing this transport will ensure patients are discharged at the desired time. Experts predict in 2019, hospitals and other healthcare settings will recognize how vital NEMT is to patients.
Moving Beyond Conventional Care Settings
As healthcare becomes increasingly about making money, not only are patients being treated in hospitals, but most are receiving care at home and in other third-party settings. For example, patients are getting treatment at home healthcare and nursing homes, where attention is given directly to the patient at home or wherever it’s comfortable.
The expansion of the healthcare system means there are now many logistics around providing and managing care. Physicians and nurses are now being taken out of traditional healthcare settings and are sent to homes and other locations. Therefore, logistics around the patients, care providers, and vendors must be coordinated accordingly.
Analytics, data, and reporting are being recognized as vital to heightening operations and adaptability within the healthcare system. When choosing a NEMT partner, providers should find a platform that has the efficiencies to gather data around the transportation logistics. Once we have a more in-depth insight into the data related to transportation and discharge delays, healthcare organizations can identify negative trends before they become problematic and make informed decisions. As a result, healthcare providers can free up valuable resources to save money and streamline operations, increasing performance, and improving overall satisfaction and patient care.
Experts predicted that in 2019, people would bring awareness of non-emergency transportation and how it’s important to patients. It’s noted that patients are either missing or delaying their appointments due to lack of transportation. Non-emergency transportation has emerged to provide patients with easy access to transportation so they can make it to their doctor’s office. But a problem is occurring that patients are not getting to their appointments on time, or if they are on-time, the wait time to see their physician is up to 40 minutes. As a result, physicians and nurses are transitioning from the traditional healthcare setting and caring for patients at home or whatever location that’s convenient for them.