Mayo and Kaiser Permanente Teaming Up to Expand Acute Home Care
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Mayo Clinic has partnered with California-based Kaiser Permanente on a project to greatly expand the number of patients able to access acute level care in their homes.
A news release says the two non-profit healthcare organizations are making significant investments in a Boston-based company that has created a technology and services platform to allow for the delivery of acute care services in the patient's home for a variety of conditions that are normally treated in hospitals. Mayo and Kaiser Permanente are both currently using Medically Home's system. Officials say Mayo launched its advanced care at home program last summer in Florida and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, while Kaiser Permanente is using the system in northern California and Oregon.
"This partnership is a significant step in our commitment to providing the right care in the right setting for every patient as we continue to help lead the transformation of health care," says Greg Adams, chair and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Hospitals. "While the pandemic has put a spotlight on the limitations of brick-and-mortar health care delivery, this important expansion of Medically Home's resources will help fill a critical need going forward."
The Mayo Clinic news release says Medically Home's high-tech monitoring and communications systems allows a network of community paramedics and nurses to provide infusions, medication delivery, laboratory and imaging services, skilled nursing, behavioral health, and rehabilitation services either in person or virtually. Medically Home estimates that 30 percent of hospitalized patients can benefit from its care model.
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