Orlando Health Expands Acute Hospital Care At Home Program

Apr 03, 2024 at 11:05 am by Matt

The Orlando Health initiative to extend its Hospital Care at Home program to Lake and Osceola counties reflects a growing trend of more hospital patients receiving treatment from their residences. Utilizing remote monitoring by healthcare professionals, this program has demonstrated remarkable success in reducing patient infections and readmission rates.

Initially introduced last year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to alleviate strain on hospital resources, Orlando Health's acute Hospital Care at Home program persists in its expansion efforts. Despite a decline in COVID cases, the healthcare group remains steadfast in its commitment to enhancing patient care through this innovative initiative.

Since The Inception Of The Orlando Health Initiative

Since its inception in early 2023, the program has experienced substantial growth, with over 650 patients benefiting from care for various conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma exacerbations, congestive heart failure, among others. Dr. Siddharaj Shah, quality director of the program, underscores the program's success in providing safer and more efficient care compared to traditional hospital settings.

Studies, including research from the National Library of Medicine, affirm the effectiveness of hospital-at-home models in improving clinical outcomes and reducing readmission rates. Notably, these programs also yield significant cost savings by minimizing the need for diagnostic tests and procedures.

Extending The Hospital Care At Home Program

As part of its expansion initiatives, Orlando Health has extended the Hospital Care at Home program to Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital and Orlando Health South Lake Hospital. This expansion aligns with the "Hospital Without Walls" initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), enabling certified hospitals to provide care beyond traditional hospital settings.

Patients enrolled in the program benefit from continuous monitoring through portable technology, overseen by the Patient Care Virtual hub. The program ensures prompt intervention and access to emergency care if required, with eligibility criteria stipulating that patients reside within 25 miles of an Orlando Health facility.

Looking forward, Orlando Health remains dedicated to further expanding the Hospital Care at Home program to serve more patients across different locations. Dr. Siddharaj Shah emphasizes the significance of this patient-centric approach, highlighting its proven effectiveness in delivering high-quality care in a home environment.

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