The Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente are investing about $100 million into the technology company Medically Home Group to advance a new healthcare delivery model that delivers “advanced care” typically available inside a hospital into patient homes.
Kaiser and Mayo confirmed a combined investment of about $100 million that will be used to “expand access to this unique model and encourage health systems and care providers to adopt it.”
Executives involved have said Boston-based Medically Home is providing “technology infrastructure” while Mayo, which made an undisclosed investment in Medically Home in 2019, and Kaiser have been providing the medical care or directing those that do provide the treatment for “high acuity patients.”
The partnership comes as medical care providers escalate their efforts to use the latest technology to center treatment around the patient, making sure healthcare is delivered in the right place, at the right time and in the right amount. These approaches to bring care typically available in hospital settings to provide more healthcare into patient homes took on greater meaning this past year as cases of Covid-19 surged and patients look for new safe and effective ways to get home-based care during the pandemic.
“During the Covid-19 pandemic, use of this model helped combat patient isolation and loneliness, allowing family members to be at the patient’s bedside at home, while helping hospitals balance the increased demands for hospital beds,” Kaiser and Mayo said in a joint statement released early Thursday.
Mayo Clinic president and chief executive Gianrico Farrugia said the partnership with Kaiser Permanente and Medically Home “will create the next generation of patient-centric, compassionate health care that seamlessly integrates advanced technology with clinical expertise.”
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“By bringing best-in-class clinicians and services to patients in their homes, we’ll be able to provide more people with individualized care that’s tailored to meet their specific needs,” Farrugia added.
The first such programs to offer “advanced care at home” were implemented last summer in Jacksonville, Fla., and in August in Eau Claire, Wis. Mayo has long had hospitals, health facilities and physicians in those markets.
The services provided in the home included: infusions, skilled nursing, medication delivery, laboratory and imaging services, behavioral health and rehabilitation services.
Meanwhile, Kaiser implemented its “hospital at-home” program last year in several hospitals in its Northern California and Oregon locations.
“Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente partnering with Medically Home to lead the transformation of the delivery of health care is a watershed moment for our national health systems,” said Raphael Rakowski, executive chairman of Medically Home. “The democratization of the finest medical care also has the potential to close gaps in underserved, rural areas at home and globally.”