What is care coordination?
Care coordination is the collaboration of various healthcare professionals in the organization of patient care. Healthcare providers share patient information to ensure coordination with all members of the patient’s care team. Care coordination often starts at the primary care level but often involves additional providers, including specialists and nurses.
Some examples of care coordination activities include:
- Creating a care plan
- Medication management
- Assisting care transitions
- Aligning resources
Why is care coordination important to healthcare?
Care coordination is important to healthcare as it ensures patient-centric care and alignment across parties involved in patient care. This coordination results in safer, higher-quality care for patients since the providers understand patient preferences and needs.
Care coordination can also help eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures since all members of the care team talk with each other. The result of this collaboration is better patient experience and lower costs.