‘Technology is fundamentally changing health care as we know it’
LIVONIA, Mich. – Trinity Health has begun providing virtual care to the majority of patients of its home care agencies through a partnership with remote care management specialist Vivify Health.
The initiative is intended to reduce hospital admissions and emergency room visits for home health patients and avoid preventable hospitalizations. It also keeps Trinity moving toward its long-term goal of providing value-based services for both sick and preventive care.
“We think a fresh approach to innovative technologies for patient-centered care gets to our vision of keeping people where they want to be—at home,” said Erin Denholm, president and CEO of Trinity Health.
Trinity’s Home Care Connect program is a comprehensive remote care solution that uses Vivify’s Pathways platform and kit. The kit includes a wireless tablet configured with voice and text instructions that walks users through simple steps for monitoring and reporting on their current wellness status, and for taking part in virtual visits and patient education programs. Additional wireless health devices connected to the tablet automatically collect patient data like weight and blood pressure.
Denholm said that after a small successful pilot with Vivify last year, Trinity decided to move forward with investing in the new technology for the program. She said the company is absorbing the cost with an eye toward future savings associated with fewer hospitalizations.
“There is absolutely no pass-on to the patient,” Denholm said.
The initiative launched in January in Trinity Health’s southeast Michigan communities, before expanding to other agencies in seven states—Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, California, Maryland and Ohio.
“This program positions Trinity Health as a leader for technology in the home,” said Denholm. “Technology is fundamentally changing health care as we know it and it is allowing us to be right there, in the moment, with our patients.”