Foxes and Planes

How Mount Sinai Hospital innovates elderly care without technology.

Innovation in healthcare is a pretty hot topic and we often associate the word innovation with technology.

Here’s a fantastic article by Joyce Lee that explores this further.

In it she points out some non tech solutions that are being implemented by Mount Sinai Hospital through their ACE program – Acute Care for Elders.

“clustering frail seniors on one ward, handing out no-slip socks, lowering beds to decrease falls and empowering geriatric-emergency-management nurses at the front door of the hospital – Mount Sinai has managed to discharge more patients over the age of 65 home more quickly, slashing the cost of care per patient by 23 per cent. The ACE strategy saved the hospital $6.7-million in 2014, the most recent year for which figures were available.”

What’s great here is how they are thinking systemically about their service. They are thinking not only about the needs of the patient, but also about the needs of the care delivery team, as well as the needs of the institution.

Dr. Samir Sinha, Mount Sinai’s Director of Geriatrics walks through the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit at his hospital on December 6, 2016. JENNIFER ROBERTS/JENNIFER ROBERTS

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