Serious Illness & Eldercare

For the last decade, Ariadne Labs has been working to improve health care for people with serious illnesses, the elderly and those nearing the end of their lives. Too often, patients do not receive the kind of care they want during these challenging times. And providers, lacking a way to connect with their patients, experience disconnect and dissatisfaction. Family members often feel unsupported in helping their loved ones through this time. Loneliness and isolation are increasingly being linked to more serious health conditions. Amidst the complexity and cost of serious illnesses, end of life and aging, health care systems around the world lack the structure to support patients and the providers who care for them. 

Our solutions are focused on transforming health care systems to empower providers and their patients with the tools to improve patient outcomes through enhanced communication and better alignment between patients and their providers.

A few conclusions become clear when we understand this: that our most cruel failure in how we treat the sick and the aged is the failure to recognize that they have priorities beyond merely being safe and living longer; that the chance to shape one’s story is essential to sustaining meaning in life; that we have the opportunity to refashion our institutions, our culture, and our conversations in ways that transform the possibilities for the last chapters of everyone’s lives.

Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Serious Illness Care Program

Redesigning health care for people with serious illnesses by putting patient priorities first.