Healthcare Innovation shares a recap around the HIMSS session “A Hospital-at-Home Journey: One Year Later.”

On Tuesday, April 18, at the HIMSS23 Conference, being held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, two senior leaders from the Johnson City, Tennessee-based Ballad Health integrated health system and a consultant who has been working with them, presented a case study entitled “A Hospital-at-Home Journey: One Year Later.”

Mark Wilkinson, M.D. is Ballad Health’s CMIO and its vice president of hospital-based programs; Penelope (Penni) Kyte is the health system’s chief digital strategy officer; and Tina Burbine is the vice president of care innovation at the St. Petersburg, Florida-based Healthlink Advisors consulting firm, which is involved in many care delivery innovation projects. Ballad Health encompasses three tertiary care hospitals, 12 community hospitals, three critical access hospitals, a children’s hospital, and a behavioral health facility.

In fact, said Burbine, “What’s being learned is that hospital-at-home is of course very different from traditional home healthcare; it’s a much higher level of acuity. And so we learned that traditional home health nurses were simply not trained for this level of acuity. And what we came to realize was that we needed to consider encouraging our critical care nurses to engage, so that’s who we’re encouraging to participate as clinicians in hospital-at-home.”

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