Dr. Daniel Bethencourt, with the Da Vinci robotic surgery system
This ensures that everything done around a patient, any lab
tests, treatments and so on, are known to the physician no matter where
they are – even if they’re home or in the ER – to check on a patient.
decades, hospitals didn’t have that interconnectivity, so many times
tests would be duplicated or physicians would be unaware of a certain
outcome that could affect a patient’s treatment,” says Arbuckle.
technology such as Da Vinci robots for cardiac care and other surgeries
allow physicians to do more-detailed procedures less invasively with
less risk and speedier recovery. “We have between 15 and 20 robots, and
hospitals use them differently,” says Arbuckle.
The baby boomer influence The
rapid growth of the baby boomer population (those born between 1946 and
1964) will have one of the most significant impacts on the O.C.
“Seniors use healthcare at about five-fold
the rate of non-seniors,” says Arbuckle. “So the utilization of
services will increase, largely due to people living longer within the
senior age range.”
By 2020, more than three-quarters of a
million baby boomers will reside in Orange County. This amounts to a 64
percent increase over the past 15 years.
“Boomers have much
broader needs. Our focus is on keeping the population healthy, largely
through preventive medicine,” says Arbuckle.
may be aging, but they expect to have a significant and healthy
lifestyle, says Afable, which is very different from aging populations
of the past. Boomers expect a higher quality of life, especially as it
relates to physical activity.
Hospitals designed to service
people who are sick do not fit this trend. Therefore hospitals such as
Hoag are making efforts to move their healthcare delivery to working
within the community to help wellness.
hospitals are moving from a sickness model to a wellness model,” says
Afable. “We’re changing our focus and our infrastructure of care. Now,
instead of waiting for a patient to develop complications of diabetes
and treating those complications, we find diabetes early and intervene
early so people never develop these issues.”
Dr. Larry Santora, a cardiologist with the Orange County Heart Institute
in Orange, the boomer population changed the way we currently treat