Study: Hospital-at-Home Program Shows Promise for Oncology Patients

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A study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that emergency department visits and hospitalizations are cut in half when patients participate in a hospital-at-home program operated by Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. 

Resilient Healthcare CEO Jackleen Samuel says of the study: “This supports what we are seeing across the board with long-term acute care in the home setting. The savings for hospitals and their parent companies are exponential. At the same time, these programs are enhancing the quality of life for patients, who ordinarily would have to visit a hospital.” 

The study was conducted on many aspects of HCI’s at-home program over a 30-day period and showed that patients achieved 47% lower costs compared to those who did not participate in the program. There were also 45% fewer emergency department visits and 55% fewer hospitalizations. Hospitalizations that still happened were generally shorter by at least one day. 

Resilient Healthcare began with a vision of a better healthcare delivery system in 2018 when the company was founded. As the COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing last year, they were able to develop many solutions to the various challenges that hospitals faced. Most notably, the company was able to reduce re-hospitalizations below the 3% mark and significantly increased the delivery of individual and comfort solutions for patients. They also estimate that they have reduced the cost of an intervention by an average of 30%. 

“The industry is rapidly changing,” writes Dr. Samuel. “In the past 12 months, both private and public sectors of healthcare have mobilized to bring healthcare outside of the traditional walls of the hospital. In an attempt to increase hospital capacity during the pandemic, CMS increased regulatory flexibility and launched the Acute Hospital Care at Home pilot program. Resilient has been behind the adoption of this program across North Texas. Industry leaders such as Amazon Care and Ascension have joined the Moving Health Home coalition to lobby and ensure these policies continue post-pandemic.” 

Resilient Healthcare is based out of Plano, and has clinics across the region. 

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