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An "outside-the-walls" support from medical or support institutions - to allow dying at home

Medical & support institutions (hospices) should organize in an agile way to treat patients in hospitals as well as at home - equally

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

Ill patients are often brought to hospital in their last days - even when they expressed the will to die at home, because it becomes impossible to relieve their suffering without medical assistance. This idea of developing mobile last-days assistance capabilities would allow relieve their physical pain as well as their moral distress, by allowing them stay at home until their last breath

This is all about changing our view on medical institutions : do they run physical operations in the form of operating rooms, beds, equipments that they maintain and allocate to specific uses for specific patients - or do they treat patients that may happen to be inside or outside their walls? 

In the case of patients who have clearly expressed the will to be treated at home, hospitals should develop a new organization of their operating means to be able to bring the medical support to the patient - instead of bringing the patient to the technical facilities. Especially for patients for whom we know that little technical means will be required as they are at end-of-life stage and should not be exposed to intense efforts to extend their life time. 

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

It all needs to be re-worked by professionals to have a clear list of the equipment used in 95% cases with terminal patients to help relieve their suffering at hospital in the last days
Then the human needs would have be defined. A question would be to what extent the patients' relatives would be able to use the medical equipment provided under remote supervision, if nurses or other professionals cannot be present all the time.
Then a B-case would have to show this is financially sustainable.

Tell us about your work experience:

I am an Innovation & Strategy consultant. This end-of-life topic relates to a very personal experience that I am now willing to deepen and make more concrete in many ways.

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