BOSTON – A pilot to evaluate home-based care in place of hospital admissions was so successful that a second, larger pilot is about to launch.
The Partners HealthCare BWH Home Hospital pilots are a collaboration between PhysIQ, a data analytics provider; VitalConnect, maker of wearable biosensor technology; and Partners HealthCare Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“We completed our first pilot late last year with excellent results,” said Dr. David Levine, a physician at BWH, who is leading the pilots.
The pilots are focused on evaluating how technology and home-based care delivery can be leveraged to treat patients who would otherwise be admitted to the hospital.
While Levine was reluctant to share actual data, he said his team has found excellent results for quality, safety, patient activity and patient experience in those who participate in a home hospital program compared to those who do not.
“Our home hospital work is proving to be a big win for patients, payers and providers,” said Levine, who explained that more concrete data will be available in a report to be published soon.
The first pilot was a randomized controlled trial that included patients diagnosed at the BWH Emergency Department with exacerbation of heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, cellulitis or complicated urinary tract infection. The 60 patients selected for the pilot were provided with a state-of-the-art home monitoring solution, including the Vital Connect VitalPatch biosensor that continuously streamed patient vital signs. Those vitals were then analyzed by, and viewable through, the physIQ Personalized Physiology Analytics platform.
The second pilot will scale up to 500 patients in the next couple of months. Half of the patients will receive traditional in-hospital treatment and the other half will receive treatment at home.
“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,” Levine said.
In fact, Levine said this kind of collaboration will soon become a necessary and ubiquitous model of health care delivery.
“We foresee that home hospital-like models will be the norm in the coming years,” he said.