„Digital home care planner“

Background

Our society is faced with demographic changes and is looking for new ways to deal with the resulting challenges. Home care is one of the preferred solutions but comes at high costs and has not undergone digital transformation.

As our society keeps on aging rapidly, health and care insurances are under extreme pressure with more than 13.1 bn Euro being spent on ambulatory care annually in Germany already. Families often struggle to provide the additionally required help for their elderly relatives and wish support. Additionally, effective and efficient home care management is often hindered by a lack of digital solutions.

Platforms such as HelloCare close this gap by offering individual home support beyond care and by using a digital approach to home care services. They are part of a larger offline ecosystem of care, aid and support services each elderly and family relies on.

Problem

The cost pressure for ambulatory care will further increase. Professional care services will have to be more strongly combined with non-professional care givers to ensure a high quality level of home care in our society. Each home care situation is individual and additionally requires the help and support of many more service providers – from doctors over laundry services to grocery delivery. All these services are not digitally integrated and thus not connected to each other resulting in inefficient home care management.

This lack of digital aided care management is a problem for all home care patients and their families as they need to manage their daily lives with limited resources and a high demand for efficient support.

Actual Challenge

The question is how a tailorable digital solution for all home care related services and challenges can be provided. The goal is to connect all parties involved in home care in a way, that makes communication und coordination possible and easy.

  • Is an app a suitable tool for such a digital solution?
  • Which services must be integrated?
  • How can professional and non-professional caregivers access all patient-centric information and communicate with each other?
  • How can elderly be trained to use such a tool themselves to manage appointments, leisure and medical conditions?
  • How can high regional participation of relevant service providers be achieved?
  • How can such a tool be further integrated with patient records and medical data? Which data sources need to be connected?
Can you find a solution to this challenge?
Challenge owner: Katrin Pietschmann (HelloCare)