NEW LONDON – NLH Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has launched Mobile Integrated Health (MIH), a new pilot program designed to reduce hospital readmissions. Under the guidance of the State of New Hampshire Bureau of EMS the purpose of the program is to assist patients post hospital discharge who have a high risk of readmission. The MIH unit performs a home visit focusing on assessment and prevention prior to the patient receiving any additional home care services. MIH works closely with patients’ primary care providers, pharmacies, the fire department and the Visiting Nursing Association (VNA) which for many will be their primary home care resource.
“During the home visit we first assess any home safety concerns and address any existing factors that may contribute to a risk of falling,” say Tim Monahan, NLH EMS Director. “Then we review the care plan with the patient, review medication needs and ensure any follow up appointment needs and concerns are met. Our goal is to assure that they have the best chance for success.”
The MIH point of care concept is spreading across the country with successful results.
“It’s about improving the patient’s experience of care,” says Tim Monahan. “Just as with communities across the country, our service area has identified this need and our EMS team has been working with the state to make this happen.”