Transitions LifeCare is uniquely situated in the middle of an innovative healthcare environment. Here on Hospice Circle, we’re within driving distance of three major health care systems (WakeMed, UNC, and Duke), three major universities (NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke University), as well as the aptly-named Research Triangle Park.
Research Triangle Park (RTP) was founded in the 1950s as a new economic driver for North Carolina to serve as a place for business, research, and innovation to interact and grow1. Part of the draw of the central region of North Carolina was the existing triangle of universities (NC State, UNC, and Duke) already engaged in this forward thinking approach. RTP is now home to about 170 companies, some of those working on medical technologies, pharmaceuticals, and information systems that affect healthcare2.
According to healthcatalyst.com, technological advancements in healthcare are among the top 7 trends in 2015 for healthcare3. Recipients of healthcare are growing accustomed to new ways of interacting with their providers, including wearable medical technologies and personalized healthcare messages. Our community has access to more information and choices than ever before.
Individualized care plans, communication, and self-determination have always been core features of the hospice philosophy. Transitions HospiceCare is currently asking ourselves how we can increase access to hospice for a population that is more comfortable with advanced medical technologies, including some that we might traditionally have been considered too "aggressive" for hospice care.
A recent workgroup of hospice leaders discussed this very topic and reaffirmed our commitment to the core strategy of communication. When we learn of a new product or technology, we treat it as a trigger to communicate with each other. At Transitions LifeCare, the education department leads the way by mining the research and recommendations for providing care in order to ensure staff have all the key training and competencies necessary to provide care. The clinical leaders model excellent communication in setting the staff up for success. The frontline staff provides the best care possible per the patient and family wishes and expectations. Even with new technology, we find that we can apply our expertise at working with patients and the ones they hold dear to create an individualized plan of care that our staff have the knowledge and skills to support. No matter the technology, our goal remains to go on the journey with our patients and families.
-by Vicki Q., regulatory affairs