Hospital-based care may not always be best matched to the unique needs of senior patients. We’re 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, and lower in cost.
We’re working with a diverse group of healthcare leaders on ways to improve care delivery for seniors, enabling them to safely be cared for at home, rather than be admitted to the hospital.
We’re working with University of California, San Diego’s Department of Emergency Medicine to develop and implement innovative practice improvements to improve patient care in the emergency department (ED) and across the continuum of care. Our research study is focusing on the implementation of an acute care at home program from the ED as an alternative to inpatient admission for a specific cohort of patients.
Policy & Advocacy
We’re collaborating with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and leveraging successful care models in the home and community to meet the unplanned acute care needs of seniors. In addition to the goal of providing timely, safe and effective acute care for seniors in their homes and community settings, there is also an opportunity to initiate health care services and community supports to address unmet needs.
The ED has evolved to become a significant portal to high cost hospitalizations, with over 82% of unscheduled hospital admissions originating in the ED. Geisinger’s Mobile Health Paramedic program represents a new approach to unplanned acute care for seniors in that medical care and monitoring is provided in patients’ homes. West Health, in collaboration with Geisinger is studying this new approach for the potential to show improved patient outcomes and reduced medical costs associated with ED visits, hospitalizations and EMS transfers.
West Health is partnering with Mt Sinai on an effort to study specially trained emergency medical technicians who are transporting older adults home from the ED. They are adding to their service two simple interventions – a home fall safety assessment and a discharge comprehension assessment . We are learning whether these interventions are feasible and effective in reducing falls and ED revisits.
We’re collaborating with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and leveraging successful care models in the home and community to meet the unplanned acute care needs of seniors.
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The institute is 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.