For a long time, many of us healthcare professionals have operated largely within our own comfort zones. We do just as we've always done, acting independently of each other, as if in our own private universe. We saw little incentive to change, least of all soon.
That's happening less often now, thanks mostly to pressures for healthcare reform from the federal government and private sector alike. But our approach to caring for patients remains fragmented. We're still going to have to break free of those comfort zones.
Nowhere is this disjointed format more evident than in the relationship between the healthcare profession as a whole and organizations that specialize in delivering healthcare at home. That's a shame, given increasing evidence that with our population living longer, often with chronic illnesses, a growing segment of patients may be better served at home than in institutions.
Our population, it turns out, has moved ahead of our healthcare infrastructure. As a result, vast needs are going unmet. Some patients are going without healthcare at home, depriving them of essential therapeutic services to improve basic functions we all take for granted.