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The researches find that the patients with organizations within their community can help transform healthcare and improve overall well-being, according to new research published in the Journal of Business Research by faculty at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. Therefore The article; “Transforming Community Well-being Through Patients’ Live Experiences;” introduces the concept of “patient ecosystem management” (PEM), which the authors describe as an organizational process that focuses on treating patients differently in terms of assessing, managing and expanding resources to achieve patient health and well-being goals.

Transform healthcare

“They believe more time needs to be spent; but not just by physicians who are time-crunched as it is; but to really develop a team approach to identify what the issues are for individual patients and to connect them to a series of resources outside of maybe the hospital and inside their lived world in order to give them the resources they need to improve;” said Andrew Gallan, Ph.D., lead author of the article and an assistant professor in FAU’s marketing department.

Gallan and his co-authors write that a patient-centered model of care, accepted as a policy imperative in the United States, the U.K. and western Europe, could be expanded further; beyond the patient and families, healtcare  providers;  Because the community; peers and technology providers. Healthcare executives should consider employing and involving non-healthcare stakeholders and support services within communities, they argue; to help expand patient ecosystems to draw on more resources to improve condition management.

Patient-centered model

Gallan employs qualitative and quantitative methods to conduct his research; analyzing big databases of patient surveys and patients comments; shadowing patients and providers and conducting observations to get to the “truth of the patient perspective. Therefore ” Training healthcare professionals to work as interdisciplinary teams to understand, assess; and make use of patient ecosystems could improve patients’ lived experiences in hospitals; at home and at work, he said.

The researchers offer clinicians and other healthcare practitioners a set of practical guidelines centered on a structured framework of strategies and mechanisms used to make connections within existing ecosystems of individual patients and expand those ecosystems to provide more patient-relevant care within the community-enabled setting.

Community designing activities

“Healthcare practitioners can rethink traditional approaches used to treat frequent medical conditions,” the article states. Therefore “Examples include incorporating video consultations with physicians (or e-visits) into a standard sequence of in-person clinic appointments for diabetes patients; inviting engaged caregivers to share experiences with other patients and caregivers in the same community; designing activities where multiple patients are invite to participate simultaneously, such as midwife-facilitated pregnancy patient group meets; and utilizing technology and distribution networks to enhance access and adherence to medications.”