Four Pods of Pediatric Special Care
In pediatric care that means that a patient is a child, teen, or young adult. They, just like their needs are growing, changing and evolving meaning that their care, resources and support are a moving target. The resources your child needs at three, are different when they are 6, 12, and 16. Depending on the patient diagnosis, the length of care and need for resources may extend 30+ years. The care your child receives throughout the course of pediatric care happens in distinct pods or segments of care that you may need for your child:
When you look at the 4 pods of special care graphic (pictured above) you will see that there are persistent delays in care that are experienced by the patient as well as extreme points of crisis for those who are caring for them.
These cliff and crisis points are gray spaces. They are transition points where a patient’s medical needs are shifting. It’s at these transition points where change is happening. It is also during these transition points where families and patients need more support than ever. They experience changes in a routine, are introduced to new medical professionals or the types of care and frequency are new and different which causes a great deal of stress and uncertainty.
CareStarter works to help anticipate these cliffs and crisis through providing resources, support and most importantly by providing information. We aid in those pediatric care transitions and are focused on being a fluid source of information for patients as well as providers during transition. Our goal is to provide resources focused on a pediatric patient's care transition points supporting the care, efforts and resources of the patient’s team of medical professionals.
It is this constant need for resources for families that inspired us to build the CareStarter platform. Our mission is to assist caregivers not just to find and access one resource but many resources in these six major healthcare categories over time.
Defining 360 Degrees of Care
We call this process 360 degrees of care. I’ll be talking more about how 360 degrees of care in my next blog post and how it differentiates than in the traditional population health sense. Three hundred sixty degrees of care is a patient-focused philosophy where medical experts who support the pediatric special care of a child provide resources, support and information not just the patient but for their family and caregivers. A commitment to three hundred and sixty degrees of care enhances the patient’s care through better relationships and information between patient and medical professional as well as between medical professional and medical professional.
We want families that access our platform to increase the amount of providers they access which we know will in turn lower caregiver stress while delivering a better outcome to the loved one they are caring for. This is only possible because we have been able to define pediatric special care and because we recognize that patients are people who have families and we have to help everyone access care.
Learn more about CareStarter's patient focused philosophy by clicking here.