A SWOT Analysis of Hospitals' and HMO Representatives' Opinions regarding Hospital at Home in Israel

Neta Harel, Racheli Magnezi

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Purpose. To examine attitudes regarding acute hospital at home (AHaH). Materials and Methods. A SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) questionnaire was developed to interview 14 managers from health management organizations (HMOs) and hospitals. A mixed-method (qualitative/quantitative) analysis was used. Results. AHaH was provided by hospital or HMO staff or outsourced (private suppliers). Differences in service pertained mainly to on-site testing and imaging tools. All agreed that AHaH is favorable for patient outcomes and experience and that AHaH promotes medical service and clinical development. Barriers expressed were as follows: choosing the right patient; burden for caregivers and family; unclear financial incentive for providers; insufficient standardization, risk management, and quality control (expressed mainly by hospital representatives); and limited on-site testing, imaging, and telemonitoring (mainly expressed by HMO representatives). Conclusions. To increase use of AHaH, further development of on-site testing, imaging, telemonitoring, standards, and financial planning is needed. Research regarding quality and quantity, mid- and long-term medical implications, caregiver implications, and long-term systemic financial implications is required. Evaluating the fit between AHaH service provider (hospital/outsourced/HMO), patient group, and diagnosis is advised.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8825224
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
StatePublished - 2024

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