When the visionary geriatrics doctor Bruce Leff looks at his older patients, he sees one powerful way to prevent them from getting sicker: Keep them as far from the hospital as possible. Which means figuring out how to offer much more sophisticated care at home.
It’s not the way our system is set up, and it’s not the way people are trained in modern medicine. “Hospital – best” is how he describes the prevailing prejudice. So how to reverse that thinking, and return medical care to the home? For Agenda 2020, we spoke with Leff about house calls, his back-to-the-future vision for senior healthcare and the role that technology could play in making it reality.