Health systems are increasingly investing in acute hospital-at-home technology to ease overburdened hospitals, reduce costs and improve outcomes. By equipping patients’ homes with biometric devices, along with tablets and other ways to communicate with clinicians, organizations aim to provide inpatient-level services to those who don’t need intensive care.
Some safety groups and unions argue the tools, data and operational efficiency are insufficient to justify the millions of dollars already put toward vendors and programs. But providers claim the technology, combined with in-person visits, has paved the way for a safe transfer of care from the emergency department or an inpatient bed to the home. Many have partnered with vendors to try to ensure seamless delivery of services, while implementing processes to train clinicians and vet patients.