On Tuesday, PhysIQ and Vital Connect, Inc. announced an initiative designed to “evaluate how clinician visits to home, when coupled with advanced continuous patient monitoring, can potentially replace hospitalizations for common medical admissions.”
We’re told that this pilot is taking place at Partners HealthCare Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and being led by David Levine, MD MA, a physician at BWH.
The Partners HealthCare BWH Home Hospital pilot is the first of two planned initiatives to evaluate how technology and home-based care delivery can be leveraged to treat patients who would otherwise be admitted to the hospital.
“The evolution of digital medicine makes us even more confident in the home hospital model for our patients. The purpose of this study is to show how we can deliver superior outcomes at a lower cost for patients who otherwise would be hospitalized,” said Dr. David Levine, the study’s principal investigator. “We are in a very exciting era of medicine where clinical-grade biosensors and analytics are capable of delivering continuous physiological insight that was traditionally only available in the hospital environment.”
The first phase of the initiative began mid-September 2016 and involves up to 60 patients, half of whom are receiving traditional in-hospital treatment, whereas the other half are receiving treatment at home. Following successful implementation this year, the pilot will scale up to 500 patients in early 2017.