The Hospital Authority (HA) oversees Hong Kong's public hospitals providing over 90% of in-patient services for the city's patients. With such a high public medical demand, the authority's Chairman Professor John Leong Chi-yan has been faced with thorny challenges such as an ageing population and a shortage of manpower. Aside from coming up with solutions to tackle these and other problems, Prof Leong also works to keep pace with rising patient expectations and advances in medical practice and technology.
With a rapidly ageing population and an increasing number of patients with chronic diseases, the demand for HA services is expected to rise sharply in the coming years. Prof Leong will talk to members at the Chamber's "Town Hall Forum Series" on 31 August about the systematic approach which HA has adopted to enhance medical and care support to elderly patients based on their stratified needs. Measures include strengthening integrated comprehensive needs assessment, discharge planning and post-discharge transitional care support, enhancing disease management and self-care support for elderly patients with chronic diseases, and strengthening targeted preventive care, patient and carer empowerment to help elderly patients stay healthy in the community. He will also talk about the key enablers such as multidisciplinary care, strengthening of medical-social collaboration, and use of technology.