Emergency Departments are the source of almost half of all admissions to hospitals. What if there were more senior-centered, home-based alternatives to transition seniors to from the ED?
Hospital-based care may not always be best matched to the needs of senior patients.
The West Health Institute is researching how new, more effective ways of delivering care could safely replace, when appropriate, hospital-based care with home-based alternatives that are more patient-centered, better matched to needs and lower in cost.
With the Emergency Departments as the source of almost half of all hospital admissions, and the vast majority of unscheduled admissions, our Emergency Department-to-Home program is focused on researching more options for the emergency physicians and patient.
In collaboration with the University of California at San Diego, the Institute is studying how the emergency department can identify the most appropriate patients for these alternatives-to-admission programs and improved pathways to home-based care.
The Institute is also collaborating with Geisinger Health System to study treatment at home options that would provide healthcare in a patient’s home as an alternative to hospitalization.
The Institute is working with a diverse group of healthcare leaders to develop a national action plan which enables more seniors to safely go home after an emergency room visit, rather than be admitted to the hospital.
Experts and seniors themselves say home-based care can be a more effective way to treat patients with certain diagnoses, while helping lower the costs of healthcare.
An Overview of Options for Home-based Healthcare at the Emergency Department
Urgent Matters publication