Despite the best efforts of healthcare practitioners and continuous treatments, some wounds have trouble healing. The result can be prolonged suffering and other adverse effects. Patients or their families may be left looking for someone to blame.
Could the physician have prevented this outcome? Or does the responsibility lay with the patient? The more important concern should be how can you adjust and improve your processes for the future.
CarePICS can not only open lines of communication with patients so guidance on homecare can be offered and provided but can also help improve the quality of care. Wounds will heal so there’s no one to blame!
A Failure of Teamwork
Physicians are entrusted with the weight of responsibility of understanding and treating illnesses.
“No provider wants to be negligent,” says Dr. Chris Bromley, President and Chief Medical Officer for CarePICS. “Bad outcomes hurt not just patients but also the reputation of the physician and healthcare organization and can even lead to malpractice lawsuits.”
Sometimes the answer is not simple negligence on the physician’s part. The patient is not necessarily to blame either, even if they don’t correctly adhere to your prescribed regimen or attend follow-up appointments.
According to the Journal of Wound Care, the World Health Organization (WHO) believes that a wound that does not heal speedily and healthily is a failure of collaboration in education and practice. Organized collaboration is essential to effective wound care, and that means including the patient as part of the team.
A patient may not be managing their wounds well simply because they didn’t understand the doctor’s instructions. How can you facilitate better communication and connection between yourself and patients to ensure wounds heal properly?
CarePICS Streamlines Processes and Communication
CarePICS is the virtual wound and vascular care platform that streamlines processes and communication with patients. If you’ve ever worried that rushed appointments led to confusion or frustration, this technology functions as a central hub to simplify appointments and advance both doctor and patient forward along the healing journey.
Capabilities of the unified solution every step of the way include:
- Patient records are stored and easily accessed as structured, consistent electronic health records (EHRs)
- Physicians can take notes in the CarePICS app during the appointment
- A smart ordering system fills custom medical product requests for patients
- CarePICS automatically sends out prescriptions and schedules for follow-up appointments
“Like with any new technology, it’s critical that users are provided with the knowledge and resources to utilize CarePICS,” says Dr. Bromley. “The mobile and web application is easy-to-use, but physicians need to work with patients during appointments so there’s no lingering questions or ambiguity.”
For more information
Are you ready to work as a team with patients’ needs in chronic wound care over months, years or even a lifetime? Visit the CarePICS website to learn how the virtual care hub can help you coordinate care so chronic wounds heal.
CarePICS® is a HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform designed to manage vascular disease and wound care patients. CarePICS enables virtual consults, telehealth visits, clinical image reporting, and automated medical supply ordering.