Dr. Neel Shah, our first Elliot Stone intern, has written an interesting piece at Politico about models of care that are less bed-focused than the traditional model. Here's a snippet....:
"Some corners of the health care world are already starting to embrace new, less bed-focused models of care. Ambulatory surgical centers have latched on to a strong business model for the growing number of operations for which several days in bed are neither required nor recommended. A venture-capital based birthing center franchise is currently aiming to do the same—birthing families are often admitted and discharged on the same day, and beds are in the corner of the room (for resting and breastfeeding after the baby is born), rather than in the center; the idea is to encourage the mom to use movement as much as possible to support her labor by literally sidelining the bed. Health systems are increasingly investing in other types of spaces where bedrest is not the default, including skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, as well as home visiting nurses and health coaches to help high-need patients with acute and chronic conditions stay out of the hospital."
Here's a link to the full article.
Dr. Neel Shah is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs.