Healthcare is a foundational aspect of our lives. It’s what keeps us feeling great, helps us recover when we’re sick, and allows us to age with dignity. Yet, for too long, the healthcare industry has been plagued by a lack of collaboration throughout the treatment cycle, leading to avoidable missteps, inefficient processes—and most importantly, subpar care outcomes for patients.
To further exacerbate the issue, the role of collaboration in delivering holistic care is growing ever more critical. With a rapidly aging population alongside an alarming increase in the prevalence of chronic conditions, the demand for end-to-end coordination between treatment stakeholders has never been greater.
Here at Holon, we firmly believe that collaborative care teams drive higher quality healthcare: Both for a patient’s treatment experience as well as for treatment outcomes. By leveraging innovative technology alongside human-centric design, our enterprise solutions integrate all care team members into a globalized network of care. In practice, this empowers cross-functional teams & decision-makers with the visibility & access they need to collaborate throughout the patient-care process.
To better understand its true value, let’s explore the avenue of collaboration in healthcare—and further, what truly enables healthcare teams to collaborate meaningfully.
Bridging the patient-provider gap
The fundamental purpose of collaborative healthcare lies in connecting patients & providers to better understand each other’s needs. By consolidating individual knowledge to create a collective wealth of medical intelligence, collaborative care bridges the chasm that inevitably arises between providers and their patients.
This connectivity between teams is important for a few reasons, the first of which is that it is simply better to be more informed—especially in a field like healthcare, where even successful treatments may be fleeting and uncertainty is the only guarantee.
With a truly collaborative system in place, however, each healthcare stakeholder is immediately better prepared to carry out their functional responsibility, whether that’s to make a specialized treatment decision or reimburse patients for over-billed claims. Equipped with a holistic view of each patient’s medical nuances, collaborative healthcare enables providers to better meet patients wherever their needs may be.
The clinical power of collaborative care
By bridging teams & patients, collaborative care unlocks a world of value-adding possibilities, most notably by enhancing evidence-based decision making (EBDM); this is a strategic framework that utilizes empirical research & real-time observations to inform high-leverage action.
In healthcare, this is best exemplified through collaborative analytics & its clinical applications. As the name suggests, data from multiple stakeholders throughout the treatment lifecycle is consolidated into a single source of truth, which clinical decision-makers can then leverage to inform more accurate diagnoses as well as highly-targeted treatment plans.
The results of this methodology have far-reaching implications for patients, as well as providers and other healthcare professionals. By utilizing collaboration to power evidence-based clinical analysis, providers are armed with the context & clarity they need to deliver effective care to each patient.
Improving population health management
As our healthcare system continues to evolve & teams begin seeing the value of collaborative care, we must not limit its application to solely patient-level improvement. To ensure that all communities have access to quality care, treatment stakeholders must align on a broader scope and scale.
This process is called population health management. Based on the assumption that similar groups of people will evolve similarly, population health management aims to identify emerging health trends at the community-level. Given how disparate & far-reaching healthcare can be for an entire population, it’s no surprise that collaboration between care professionals is critical in facilitating this endeavor.
By partnering with healthcare organizations to build a collective care-community, collaborative visibility gives way to deeper analyses—like finding deep patterns in the evolution of any given treatment-population. Those insights can then be used to develop and implement effective population health management strategies that target the communities in greatest need.
Moving toward collaborative healthcare
Collaboration between treatment stakeholders offers transformative potential for improving healthcare. By bridging the systematic gap between providers and patients, collaborative systems empower healthcare teams with the context they need to feel confident in every treatment decision.
That’s why Holon champions collaborative interests in everything we build. We recognize that teamwork is a true superpower for delivering the best care at each step of the treatment lifecycle. At Holon, we firmly stand behind the idea that healthcare is intrinsically human—which is why each of our solutions comes with specialized, intuitive workflows that adapt to your stakeholder needs.
Come discover how we’re supporting a healthier future for all.