BRONX, N.Y. — In an effort to help medical facilities provide more effective treatment, healthcare architecture firms, Simone Healthcare Development, explains the difference between patient-centered and patient-centric care.
The healthcare industry has advanced a great deal in recent years, and these leaps in knowledge and technology have started to change the way many providers and patients are approaching medical treatment. Patient-centered and Patient-centric care both have their strengths and weaknesses, but the industry as a whole continues to move toward the latter.
Discussed below are the differences between these two treatment philosophies and how they could change the way that facilities approach development and policy.
Patient-Centered Care. Patient-Centered care has been the traditional treatment format for many years, focusing on the physician’s authority as the driving factor behind medical decisions.
For the majority of modern history, medical care was handled almost entirely by a primary care physician. Although there is a push in the industry for patients to better engage with general practitioners, the fact of the matter is that patient care is often fragmented across many different specialists that may have minimal contact overall. This lack of communication can be an issue when it comes to providing effective and comprehensive treatment for medical issues, as doctors may often not have the full picture of the patient’s medical history and collaboration with other doctors.
Physicians make decisions with their patients’ best interests in mind, but without comprehensive knowledge, their ability to guide care has become more limited. It’s for this reason that patient-centric care has become more common – valuing the patient’s knowledge of their needs and values working in tandem with their practitioners’ expertise.
Patient-Centric Care. Now, more than ever before, patients are becoming a valuable authority regarding treatment for themselves. Medical facilities are starting to realize that the holes in their physicians’ understanding of the patient’s wants and needs have negatively affected outcomes – placing a renewed importance on the patient’s knowledge of their health and overall well-being.
In addition to coordinating care among multiple practitioners and facilities over time, patients also have an idea of their values and desired outcomes with treatment. While in the past, physicians may have made important decisions on their own, the modern healthcare field has made the treatment process a collaboration rather than a dictation.
Moving forward, patients themselves will become the go-to for information about their health and will be the catalyst for their treatment.
ABOUT SIMONE HEALTH DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES
Simone Health Development Companies is a full-service real estate investment company specializing in the acquisition and development of office, retail, industrial and healthcare properties in the New York tristate area. Headquartered in the Bronx, the privately held company owns and manages more than 5 million square feet of property in the Bronx, Westchester County, Queens, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. The company’s portfolio includes more than 100 properties and ranges from multi-building office parks to retail and industrial space. The largest and most successful development from Simone Health is the 42-acre Hutchinson Metro Center office complex located directly off the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. The first two phases of the complex, which comprise nearly 750,000 square feet of Class A office and medical space, are fully leased. Two additional phases totaling 650,000 square feet (370,000-square-foot Metro Center Atrium and 280,000-square-foot Tower Two), are completed and fully leased. Visit SimoneHealth.com