Transitional care refers to the set of actions designed to ensure the coordination and continuity of health care as patients transfer between different locations or different levels of care within the same location. This type of care typically focuses on supporting patients as they move between different healthcare environments, such as hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, home care, or other settings. The primary goal of transitional care is to optimize patient outcomes while also preventing or predicting complications. Transitional care includes, but not limited to, discharge planning, follow-up and care support, patient education, medication management, transfer of information and shared accountability between providers of patient care.
The transitional periods in a patient’s care are often vulnerable times for their health and if they are poorly executed can result in readmissions, adverse events, patients dissatisfaction, low quality of life or even death. As the provision of transitional care requires multifaceted efforts from care institutions on both sides of the handoff, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) can play an integral role in facilitating the process. The potential of technological solutions for supporting transitional care has recently attracted attention due to the potential to support various aspects of the transition, such as:
The recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning have also introduced new computational methods for the prediction of readmissions, adverse events and health outcomes for the different care transitions.
TranTech aims to bring together an interdisciplinary cohort of researchers engaged in research related to the use of technology for supporting different facets of transitional care. This encompasses forecasting health outcomes, navigating care trajectories, assessing and tracking patient status throughout transitions, and delivering interventions. The workshop highlights top-quality research, encouraging discussions across different fields and supporting participants’ future studies with helpful feedback from peers. Connected to the main theme of the PETRA conference, participants can interact with prominent scientists focused on pervasive assistive technologies. This interaction aims to encourage the sharing of creative concepts, which could drive progress in the field.
Targeted topics include but are not limited to: