Pediatric care centers are under the same pressures that general healthcare systems face to treat patients more efficiently and quickly to manage treatment costs. Pediatricians are seeking similar solutions, too, such as seeking ways to treat patients without requiring more expensive in-patient treatment. Sometimes, those solutions are unexpected. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a case in point.

Around the world, 51 Ronald McDonald Care Mobile units take service to children through brightly colored 40-foot vehicles. The units focus on areas where children are medically underserved, offering services such as:

  • Primary care, well-child visits and developmental screening
  • Immunizations
  • Diagnostic, preventive and restorative dental care
  • Oral hygiene education
  • Asthma treatment and self-management education
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Vision, hearing and lead screening
  • School and sports physicals
  • Health education

These services are offered through partnerships with healthcare systems. In Chicago, for example, Advocate Children’s Hospital works with Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to provide service to underinsured patients in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Since 2008, Advocate and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile have serviced nearly 15,000 children. Taking care to the patients provides several benefits, such as:

  • Children who lack access to basic care receive it.
  • Advocate proactively addresses healthcare management needs such as preventive care before those needs mushroom into bigger problems. Those problems, left unchecked, could send an uninsured child to the hospital and thus put a financial strain on an already taxed healthcare system.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile taps into three trends in healthcare:

  • Taking healthcare closer to patients, as we’ve seen in the rise of on-demand medical care and the launch of out-patient care services housed in neighborhood pharmacies.
  • The creation of interesting relationships between healthcare systems and non-traditional health players that are sometimes needed to provide innovation.
  • Focusing on wellness care to treat patients while they are healthy, resulting in fewer patients getting sick and needing more expensive care.

Pediatric care providers need to rethink patient onboarding and service to succeed in an era when the cost of care has becoming the defining topic of our time. To discuss how you can manage services more efficiently with technology, technology, business intelligence, and consulting, contact SIM Partners. We’re here to help.

Mike Hill

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