With technological advancements and an aging global population, the world is on the brink of a healthcare transformation. The ‘Care Without an Address’ initiative, spearheaded by the Future of Health (FOH) Community, a proactive forum of senior leaders from the world’s premier health organizations, which was co-founded by Sheba, is pursuing a healthcare model where location is no longer a barrier.
This revolutionary approach was discussed in depth in a New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst article, written by experts, including Sheba’s Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer, Prof. Eyal Zimlichman. The article emphasized the importance of universal access to healthcare, presenting a model for ensuring patients from every corner of the globe can receive top-tier medical attention outside of the hospital setting.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth services witnessed an unprecedented boom, enabling patients, no matter where they resided. From virtual doctor visits to tech-assisted home care, the options for patients worldwide to receive quality care, irrespective of their location, are rapidly expanding.
A mix of factors powers this wave of change – a growing preference for receiving medical care in the comfort of one’s home, the rise of cutting-edge technologies facilitating remote care, and the economic efficiencies of decentralizing healthcare.
But as the landscape shifts away from traditional, hospital-focused care, healthcare organizations must evolve with it. With this in mind, Future of Health leaders outline essential strategies necessary to navigate the change:
Collaborating with global Innovators – Traditional healthcare institutions must embrace, not fear, global innovation as it will bring them closer to more accessible care. The collaboration between Sheba and tech companies, such as TytoCare, in establishing Beyond, Sheba’s virtual hospital, showcases the transformative potential of such partnerships.
Investing in appropriate workforce training – To realize the potential of home care, a versatile and adaptive workforce is essential. This requires broadening medical education to include relevant curriculums and fostering a deep understanding of the diverse needs of patient care within the home environment.
Upholding quality standards – As care transcends traditional standards, ensuring consistent, high-quality medical care becomes paramount. Establishing protocols that emphasize patient safety, preferences, and values is imperative.
The ‘Care Without an Address’ model is a beacon for a future where every patient, no matter where they are, can access top-tier medical care. Achieving this vision calls for a radical re-imagination of healthcare, bolstered by global collaboration and unwavering commitment.