Market Developments

The private sector has also joined the health in the home space. Several healthcare providers and vendors have developed health initiatives to encourage care in the home. Below are announcements from MHH members and other recent developments in this space.

Amazon Web Services: A new interactive client interface device (Electronic Caregiver), acts as a patient monitoring device for the aging population. The device is connected via the Cloud Network. Through the AmazonSumarian feature seniors/vulnerable populations can receive home based care, using this 3D-interactive, web-based device that, monitors, acts as an emergency facilitator, and voice-controlled user interface would feature an animated augmented-reality (AR) character who would guide, prompt, and converse with patients, to improve the patient experience and to positively engage patients in their personal care plans.

DispatchHealth: DispatchHealth has announced a partnership with Humana, Inc to offer advanced hospital-level care in the home. Humana’s home-based care business lines include Humana At Home and Kindred at Home. The company’s Medicare Advantage (MA) memberships include 4.5 million beneficiaries. Colorado-based DispatchHealth offers mobile high-acuity services through its emergency medicine-trained teams. The company currently operates in 18 states. The pair will work together to initially offer hospital-level care services in Denver and Tacoma, Washington. Later this year, the initiative will expand to serve patients in Texas, Arizona and Nevada.

Elara: Elara Caring’s telehealth services are made possible by an agreement with Health Recovery Solutions (HRS), which enables Elara Caring to complement in-person visits with virtual visits through video conferencing. This cutting-edge technology will enable clinicians and patients to connect through smartphones, tablets, and personal computers. This platform gives clinicians the tools they need to provide high quality care despite the challenges they face in a COVID-19 environment.

Landmark Health: Extending Life: Patients engaged with Landmark had a 26% lower risk of death compared to non-engaged eligible members over an identified sample period. Lowering Costs: Even for patients who did not elect hospice, Landmark’s interventions (including a focus on palliative care at the end of life) are associated with a 20% reduction in costs in the last 12 months of life.