Homecare: The next frontier in healthcare innovation
India has slipped to the position of 120th from 119 in the ranking of world’s healthiest countries as per Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which ranks economies based on their overall contribution to the health of their citizens.Following which in the recent budget, healthcare in India has been announced a boost of 20% for the current fiscal year with INR 61,398 allocated for various schemes.Our country has more than 65% population under the age of 35 years. This impressive ratio of youngsters understands the importance of health, thus leading to an upsurge in demand of healthcare innovation and practices.
Factors: How did this swerve occur?
The change in social structure from joint to nuclear families is the prime reason for this demand in service and with inflation rate of 6.2%, households have multiple earning members to sail through the same.This,urban livelihood gave birth to the start-up idea bringing together young healthcare professionals to provide the service at varied range of prices. With shrinking number of family members and multiple hands earning, it has become affordable to outsource expert guidance in homecare and attend to the person in need. The idea is also widely accepted because the homecare service saves one’s pocket from the extended stay in the private hospitals which becomes unaffordable and at-times crosses the limit of health cover.
Home is the most comforting place for everyone and receiving the medical care at one’s safe haven is the most convenient option for any patient with chronic illness. Environ of hospitals not just slides the spirit of a person, but also stresses him witnessing the depressed and sickly faces around. Such not- so-positive surrounding hinders the will to quick recovery, whereas,a home keeps one calm and at ease. The sub-conscious knows the place as safe and trustworthy, thus, keeps the guards of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ down. With no other external influence breaking the morale of a patient, the person heals quicker and remains high-spirited.
Countries inspiring this model of health care
Zayana Khayat from the University of Toronto says, “The world is learning a lot about the Dutch home care model that was pioneered about a decade ago. It’s called Buurtzorg. It’s an innovative organizational model that shifts power to the front lines and away from central agencies and management. Cells of six to ten nurses get attached to a community. They self-schedule visits to the home. They decide and adjust care plans in real time. It’s a 10,000-person healthcare organization with no management. That model of care is working. It’s lower cost, it produces better outcomes, and, most importantly, the staff and clients love it. This model is spreading like wildfire to Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Taipei, UK and about a dozen more countries”.
Homecare in India
The concept is not new to this country.The land of ayurveda cured people in ancient times at homes with homemade medicines and families nursing the patient in need.With the fast-changing lifestyle, we are heading back to where we began but this time, backed with technology and medical professionals.