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Mayo, Kaiser Invest in Hospital-At-Home Services Company

Analysis  |  By Scott Mace  
   May 18, 2021

Medically Home Group is already serving patients from both healthcare giants, to provide patient convenience and to free up traditional hospital beds.

Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente are betting on a services company to make it easier for patients to recover from more acute medical conditions at home, instead of in traditional hospitals.

In an announcement, the startup, Medically Home Group, announced that Mayo and Kaiser are partnering in "unprecedented collaboration to allow more patients to receive acute level of care and recovery services in the comfort, convenience, and safety of their homes."

Both Mayo and Kaiser are successfully using Medically Home's care delivery model for their patients today, and over time, are increasing the number of patients being cared for via Medically Home's technology.

The announcement stated that both healthcare giants have made "significant strategic investments" in Medically Home Group, based in Boston.

Medically Home's care delivery model is governed by a 24/7 medical command center. The company staffs clinicians and an integrated care team who can deliver care to patients at their bedside.

Technology and services provided by the company are designed to deal with a "significant range of clinical conditions at the higher end of the clinical acuity spectrum that is typically treated in traditional hospital settings."

These conditions include infections, chronic disease exacerbation, emergency medicine, cancer care, acute levels of COVID-19 care, and transfusions.

Medically Home says this model has been used during the COVID-19 pandemic to help combat patient isolation and loneliness, and to allow family members to be at a patient's bedside at home. This capability has allowed hospitals to balance increased demand for their own hospital beds.

The Medically Home platform integrates with the patient's electronic healthcare while providing integrated communication, monitoring, and safety system technology in the home, the company said.

"Patients expect and deserve high-quality care and excellent outcomes in a convenient and comfortable setting, even when faced with complex medical challenges," said Gianrico Farrugia, MD, president and CEO at Mayo Clinic. "Our 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."

"This partnership is a significant step in our commitment to providing the right care in the right setting for every patient as we continue to help lead the transformation of health care," said Greg Adams, chair and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Hospitals.

Scott Mace is a contributing writer for HealthLeaders.

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