Home-based palliative care technology can help empower patients, improve self-care, and allow medical professionals to better address and treat symptoms. This can help prevent unnecessary trips to hospitals or hospices.
Also known as ’Telehealth’— a range of information and communications technology like video conferencing, websites, mobile applications and remote monitors— home-based palliative care technology is one of the ways in which accessibility to palliative care in some of the most vulnerable communities is currently being transformed.
Home-based technology can empower and support patients
A recent report into end-of-life care in the European Union argued that palliative care is one of the most rapidly growing areas of healthcare across the world.
As healthcare systems struggle with adapting to an ageing population, it’s important that new ways of delivering vital end-of-life care are developed to provide the vital care that patients with a terminal or long-term illness need whilst reducing strain on existing medical systems at the same time. Home-based palliative care technology, like telehealth devices, is one way of doing this.
From mobile phone applications that monitor the health of patients at home in real time and alert medical staff to possible concerns to Skype video-conference sessions with specialists, technology provides patients with independence when it comes to managing symptoms— reducing the need for hospice or hospital visits and allowing people to live with dignity.
Innovative, home-based, end-of-life technology isn’t just limited to mobile phones and webcam communications. Using the power of the internet, virtual ‘E-hospices’ have been set up, like this one in Canada, that provide vital information, support and FAQs to home-based patients.
If developed and widely applied, telehealth has the potential to make access to important palliative care easier than ever for vulnerable communities across the world who currently have little access to healthcare, like the communities we work with in Eastern Europe. It could help provide symptom relief, and dignity to thousands of people.
Find out more about how Hospices of Hope are pioneering new palliative care technology here.
About the Charity
Hospices of Hope developed from very small beginnings into a leading palliative and hospice care organization in South East Europe. Since 1992, we have facilitated care for more than 40,000 patients in Romania, Moldova and Serbia and have trained more than 20,000 health care professionals from all over Central and Eastern Europe. However, much work is still to be done as there are still many vulnerable countries and groups of beneficiaries that desperately need care and do not receive it.
Hospices of Hope in the USA
The support we have received from the US has been humbling, we were incredibly inspired by people who donated money, time and skills to an organization offering services thousands of miles away from where they live and we have responded by opening a small office in Nyack, New York, thanks to the amazing support of Dr Ronna McHammond. Ronna still runs our US branch of Hospices of Hope.
One of the most important components of our activity in the US has been, from the beginning, the transfer of know how to the country where we operate, good practice, empowering nurses etc. It all started with a project with the Rhode Island and Boston University.
At the moment we are using the skills, experience and knowledge of organizations like Cedars Sinai in LA, Stanford University or Mott Hospital in Michigan which arepioneering and piloting the usage of technology in therapy.
Find out more about our work.