Mobile medicine is a means of offering primary care health services to patients without them having to leave home. Mobile medical services involve the doctor or practitioner actually going into the patient’s home, hotel, or place of work. According to statistics, mobile medicine demand in the future decades is growing as the American population ages.
Is mobile medicine effective?
According to research reports, patients who receive house calls involving multidisciplinary teams have reduce long-term facility care stays and hospital admissions. Mobile medicine visits are often integrated into practice through coordination of services and planning with other healthcare professionals and agencies. Home visits offer a unique perspective on an individual’s life that is not available during hospitalization or in the office setting. Mobile medicine improves the patient-doctor relationship, allows for an adequate support system assessment, and enhances the physician’s understanding of the patient’s immediate home environment.
Who benefits from home visits?
In a large study review, mobile medicine visits were found to benefit young and old low-risk populations, especially when the programs offered multiple visits. Additionally, the U.S. Veterans’ Affairs Home-Based program demonstrated less hospital admissions, shorter lengths of stay, and reduction in readmission rates compared to patients who were treated inpatient and outpatient only.
What does homebound mean?
Many older people have trouble leaving home for doctor’s office visits and routine testing. Mobile medicine offers these patients the right to have proper care in their own homes. With home visits, the practitioner comes to the patient’s home, provides a thorough examination, conducts necessary diagnostic testing and laboratory services, and offers durable medical equipment as needed. To be considered homebound, a Medicare beneficiary must:
- Need intermittent skilled health care
- Be confined to the home
- Require occupational, physical, or speech therapy
What services are offered through mobile medicine?
Mobile medicine is offered to various kinds of people. You do not have to be permanently homebound to use the home visit service. Our medical staff provides a variety of services, such as:
- Electrocardiogram studies
- Diagnostic imaging tests
- Laboratory services
- Home care assistance
- Wound care
- Social services
- Durable medical equipment
- Speech, physical, and occupational therapy
What conditions are treated using mobile medicine?
With house call visits, healthcare providers treat a variety of illness, conditions, and injuries, including:
- Flu and colds
- High blood pressure
- Chronic lung disease
- Chronic pain
- Congestive heart failure
- Sprains and strains
Who is on my mobile medicine team?
Your house call team will include a doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse care manager, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, nursing aide, and/or registered nurse. The type of professional you see depends on your unique condition and individual health care needs.
What services will I get?
As part of the mobile medicine program, you have:
- An entire medical team that will care for you as needed, as well as monitor your health care needs.
- A nurse care manager and/or social worker who visits with you when necessary.
- A physician or nurse practitioner who comes to your home and treats you.
- Most of your medical services given at home, including therapy, laboratory, and diagnostic services.
- The ability to call the mobile medical group 24 hours a day, seven days a week.