Hospital-in-the-Home Shows Promise for Reducing Acute Care Costs; Medical Laboratories Face Uncertainties Concerning Expanding Services to In-Home Environments in Support of Care Providers

Despite logistics and test volume concerns for laboratories, hospital-in-the-home services promise to reduce cost and improve quality of care for patients who might be negatively impacted by the noise, stress, and germs of busy hospitals In April, The Washington Post highlighted the plight of 71-year-old Phyllis Petruzzelli—a patient with a weakened immune system suffering from pneumonia. Instead of admitting her into a noisy ward and exposing her to other germs and infection vectors, doctors...

Two U.S. Studies Show Home-based Hospital Care Lowers Costs while Improving Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction

Studies show home-based hospital acute care results in fewer medical laboratory and diagnostic tests Home-based hospital care (HBHC) is a care delivery model that is evolving at a rapid pace. To be effective, HBHC must improve patient outcomes while avoiding the expenses associated with an inpatient stay at a hospital. However, significant growth in the number of patients treated in home-based hospital care programs would directly affect hospital-based clinical laboratories and pathology...

Australia’s ‘Hospital in the Home’ Care Model Demonstrates Major Cost Savings and Comparable Patient Outcomes

New report determines in-home patient care can save an average of 22% over inpatient care for six different health conditions Momentum continues to build in favor of the “Hospital in the Home”, known by the acronym HITH. For certain health conditions, this care model allows the patient to remain in his or her home, instead of staying in a hospital. Caregivers, including specialist physicians, come to the residence with almost the same frequency as occurs for hospital inpatients. Wider adoption...
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