The Future of Hospitals: a Perspective from OECD
International Hospital Federation - IHF
| 8 months ago
Author: Ms. Francesca Colombo and Mr. Ian Brownwood
Increasing complexity of patient needs
Specialization and delineation of roles between hospital doctors and other hospital-based care professionals, coupled with the more complex needs of people living with multiple chronic conditions, is generating the need for greater workforce flexibility, coordination and integration within hospitals and community-based care.
Managing of patient demand: channeling of demand for chronic care through local provision and of acute care through concentrated sites of care
On the one hand, concentration of high-cost technology and skills in specialized facilities in metropolitan locations to maintain scale efficiencies and high quality and safety will increasingly drive demand for new ways to facilitate access to acute services for people in peri-urban and rural areas.
On the other hand, many care needs of people with chronic conditions are now provided locally, or in a person’s home, rather than requiring travel to a hospital. The lack of an effective flow of patient information and efficient local access to care professionals often makes it difficult for this new care model to work effectively, resulting either in unmet needs at local level, or in avoidable hospital admissions for chronic conditions. The Future of Hospitals: a Perspective from OECD (pdf 63.89kB)