BOSTON – Medically Home’s micro-hospital program for the home using Amazon Alexa marks a transformational shift in the way health care can be delivered, believes the company’s CEO.
“This is the first time that the patient’s home has used technology to configure care that is normally delivered in a hospital,” said Richard Rakowski, CEO of Medically Home.
The program, called Cesia Continuum, is a combination of software, hardware and third-party technology under Medically Home’s “mission control center.”
Rakowski said the connected care ecosystem brings together: physician oversight of patients through telemedicine; evidence-based care delivery protocols; two-way audio/visual communications between patients and their care team; patient biometric monitoring and predictive analytics; and rapid response protocols and resources in an emergency.
“Compared to the current acute care hospital-based approach, our model delivers more patient care over a long period of time—and at the heart of the model is high patient, family and clinician satisfaction,” he said.
Cesia Continuum is led by the patient’s physician, with a team of nurses and other clinicians, for 30 days. The program is an option that a physician can recommend to patients with selected medical and surgical diagnoses that traditionally require hospitalization.
Rakowski said programs like Cesia Continuum have the power to disrupt the health care industry.
“Advanced technologies for patient vitals monitoring, seamless on-demand communications and a reliable emergency response are and will be the core technology platforms that will change the face of a patient’s home as a site for safe medical care,” he said.
Going forward, Medically Home plans to expand into new markets and geographies, and add more eligible diagnoses. Rakowski said the company is also considering adding a remotely programmable automated pill dispenser to increase medication adherence.
“This is just the beginning for Medically Home, as we continue evolving to transform quality patient care and the future of health care,” said Rakowski.