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Lessons for healthcare system from treatment of the homeless

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An article in STAT notes that “to make health care more accessible and higher quality, insurers and providers are experimenting with a number of new approaches — from storing patient information in the cloud to opening clinics inside of grocery stores.

“Close cousins to many of these tactics, however, were implemented even earlier in the homeless health care system. Homeless patients’ unique characteristics — they frequently have multiple chronic conditions, they move around often — overlap with some of the pressures driving medicine’s evolving care model today. And the cost and time constraints of the homeless revealed the weakness of the healthcare system before others saw it.”

Here are four elements in the treatment of homeless people applicable to other parts of healthcare:

  • The use of electronic health records.
  • Mixed providers in one setting.
  • Transitional care.
  • Bringing care to the patients.

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