We've all heard about the benefits of children playing on team sports and the importance of positioning yourself as a team player when being considered for a job.  These benefits apply to healthcare as well, however, not all members of the industry have fully embraced the importance of teamwork.  With the shift from fee-for-service to value-based, bundled care models, in large part driven by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), that view is beginning to change.  The notion of a team of healthcare professionals collaborating and working together across multiple disciplines, departments and stages of a patient’s treatment and recovery carries the promise of better health outcomes for the patient, increased efficiency and quality in care delivery and reduced costs for all involved.

One result of this shift is the introduction of the perioperative surgical home (PSH), defined as patient-centric, multidisciplinary team-based care delivery for a surgical procedure from the time the procedure is scheduled until full recovery.  At the Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit in Chicago last month, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) led multiple sessions and discussions for assisting physicians in implementing the PSH at their hospitals. The Summit, chaired by Dr. Zeev Kain, included leading experts and practitioners of the PSH.  Through these conversations physicians learned who the key stakeholders in their hospital systems would be for successfully implementing PSH, how to communicate the value of PSH to those stakeholders and how to articulate the regulatory changes that affect how hospitals and physicians get paid.  In addition, they explored the advantages of preparing for post-discharge patient care prior to the procedure taking place, and learned about successful implementations of the PSH in academic university hospital and community hospital settings.  Most importantly, the attendees were exposed to how working as a team can enhance patient pain management strategies, decrease patient length of stay, lower readmission rates, improve patient recovery and outcomes – while making sure everyone who participated in enabling the best outcomes for the patient gets reimbursed.

As the maker of CareScriptions®, the only mobile platform that offers a complete care coordination solution for perioperative care, Seremedi was an important contributor to that discussion.  We had the wonderful opportunity to talk with attendees and show them how CareScriptions® adds value to their existing PSH process by increasing efficiency and reducing cost.  CareScriptions® connects the entire care team reducing miscommunication and increasing patient safety. Planned or ad-hoc tele-video conference check-ins makes follow-up visits timely and convenient. Real-time information sharing for vitals, symptoms, and treatment adherence informs the clinical team of the patient’s status during critical periods of care.  CareScriptions® not only supports the PSH model, it makes the model more efficient through real time collaboration, making the care team's lives easier and helping patients have the best possible recovery outcomes. Now that's teamwork where everybody wins!