PEORIA, Ill., January 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — OSF HealthCare is partnering with Medically Home Group, Inc. to establish an acute home care program, which will PeoriaOSF HealthCare, based in OSF, to provide high-acuity hospital care to patients in the comfort and convenience of their own homes. OSF has selected as a partner a company which is rapidly becoming the leader in home hospitalization services, after announcing earlier this month that it had attracted $110 million from strategic investors including Baxter International Inc., Global Medical Response (GMR) and Cardinal Health. Cardinal Health, Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente are providing additional capital on top of their previous investments, demonstrating their confidence in the model’s growing nationwide expansion.
In January 2021, OSF HealthCare opened its OSF OnCall Digital Health building – essentially a bricks-and-mortar hospital. This new program will serve as an extension of OSF’s current digital health capabilities, bringing in-home hospital services to even more patients who would otherwise require hospitalization for serious illnesses, including chronic illnesses ( such as heart failure and COPD), infections (such as pneumonia and cellulitis), and post-surgical hospitalizations, as well as for COVID-19.
Under the program, OSF HealthCare doctors and nurses at a medical command center will monitor and care for patients in their homes 24/7. Patients will have access to hospital-level medical services (ranging from IV therapies, oxygen treatments, and lab tests – even X-rays and ultrasounds) without having to leave their homes, and without the disruptions, stress and the potential isolation that may be experienced by hospitalized individuals.
Clinical studies have shown that hospitalization at home improves patient outcomes, including: lower mortality rates and reduced risk of readmission, as well as greater patient and clinician satisfaction and cost savings increased. Patients at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria will be the first to have the OSF OnCall Hospital at Home option starting in the summer, with plans to expand the program.
Medically Home decentralizes the delivery of patient care with a platform that provides a command center and technology that manages the logistics and coordination of all home care to enable safe, high-acuity care for patients with serious or complex illnesses. The platform also offers decision support for clinicians caring for these patients, as well as the proper collection and management of vital and other patient data, integrating it into the patient’s electronic medical record.
“The Medically Home model is designed to enable health systems to safely transfer lower and higher intensity medical care from hospitals to patients’ homes where they prefer to receive it and when they need it,” said declared Brandi Clark, Vice President of Digital Care, OSF OnCall. “We are excited to be able to offer this new and improved service later this year, as we continue to work to do what is best for patients in the communities we have been called to serve.”
OSF Healthcare is an integrated healthcare system owned and operated by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, headquartered in Peoria, Ill.. OSF HealthCare employs nearly 24,000 mission partners at 150 sites, including 15 hospitals – ten acute care, five critical access – with 2,089 licensed beds and two nursing colleges across Illinois and Michigan. The OSF HealthCare Physician Network employs more than 1,500 primary, specialty and advanced practice providers.
OSF HealthCare offers unique health care delivery options across its ministry through a comprehensive digital health and hands-on care program under the OSF OnCall umbrella. OSF OnCall represents a wide range of services that include OSF OnCall Urgent Care and OSF OnCall Connect. To learn more, visit osfoncall.org or osfhealthcare.org.
medically Residence enables health systems to safely care for their patients at home, across the continuum of care, including hospital care. Medically Home provides these health systems with all the elements needed to safely care for patients, including clinical protocols, reimbursement model, platform technology, and delivery of all clinical services required from home by through partners. Clinicians and patients generally prefer this model to traditional care. Clinical and financial results are improved. For more information, visit medicallyhome.com.
Contact: Colleen Reynolds | OSF HealthCare Media Relations Coordinator | (309) 825-7255
SOURCE OSF Healthcare