As a patient with a neurological disease you may commission APST to manage your care needs, i.e., the provision of therapies and therapeutics, assistive technology devices and medication. For this purpose, you will sign a Patient Information and Consent Form authorizing APST to take over your care management and digitalize your care data on the Internet platform Ambulanzpartner.de. We will create an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) for you and a health care liaison officer will contact you.
Some of the key concerns patients and their relatives have is finding the most appropriate therapies and organizing a care setting in which they are provided with ample assistive devices and therapeutics. Patients with severe neurological diseases benefit from acute care in hospitals or rehabilitation clinics. In an outpatient setting, however, they are offered little support in the organization of their needs. By joining forces with APST, the situation these patients find themselves in can become easier, relief is underway for everyone involved. The specialist APST network captures the patients’ care needs, identifies suitable providers and suppliers and coordinates any necessary measures.
“The notion of network-based care provision to patients with severe neurological diseases was born out of necessity, in our endeavor to promote patient empowerment,” say neurologists Professor Thomas Meyer und Professor Christoph Münch, founders of APST. In 2010, they started a web-based care network providing care to people with severe neurological diseases. From April 2011 to January 2018, more than 9,400 patients in our network received coordinated care tailored to their needs.
APST provides not only a network but also an internet portal (www.ambulanzpartner.de) that functions as an electronic patient record (EPR). Following registration, all the relevant care data are captured, thus giving patients an overview of all the required therapies, assistive technology devices, therapeutics, care services or prescribed medication that have either been delivered already or that have pending applications waiting for approval. Furthermore, the platform serves as a digital means of communication available to all the people involved
Up to date, the focus of our work has been on patients with complex neurological diseases. Based on this experience, the APST concept may be transferred to care scenarios for other diseases, a possibility that makes perfect sense.