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St. Luke’s finds success with its Hospital In Your Home program

St. Luke’s Health System, an 11-hospital network based in Kansas City, Missouri, started its Hospital In Your Home care design in July 2022 to minimize expenses, enhance results and boost the client experience.


Saint Luke’s traditionally has actually had favorable client experience ratings, however continually makes every effort to enhance. The HIYH care design uses the client the chance to remain in the convenience of their house, get quality care and stay near to household.

“We thought that looking after the client where they wished to be looked after would enhance the general client experience,” stated Deborah Gash, senior vice president and chief digital officer at St. Luke’s Health System. “Total expense of look after a client seen in the medical facility generally consists of emergency clinic check outs, hospitalization and post-acute care services.

“We likewise prepared for the HIYH design would enhance clients’ total health status, decrease readmissions, and lower the usage of post-acute care services and ED sees, therefore supplying a greater worth service to the neighborhood,” she continued.

Even More, Saint Luke’s thought this care design would assist attend to the capability restraints that exist in the brick-and-mortar center and minimize labor force obstacles. Given that the beginning of the pandemic, Saint Luke’s has actually seen high volume in centers.

The HIYH design offered a chance to broaden capability without building of brand-new medical facility beds. It likewise offers a distinct work experience for health care employees, which management thinks will allow scientific personnel to continue in the occupation, practice at the top of their licensure in brand-new and difficult methods, and possibly bring in brand-new generations of caretakers to the health care field.


After releasing Hospital In Your Home, Saint Luke’s anticipated to see a boost in total client complete satisfaction for comparable intense care hospitalizations, minimized readmission rates, and health results constant with a brick-and-mortar intense care stay.

In addition, it anticipated to be able to quicker and quickly fill registered nurse positions and offer those caretakers with a more rewarding scientific experience and higher task complete satisfaction. Saint Luke’s anticipated to see a decrease in ED holds and the capability to accept transfers from far-flung neighborhood medical facilities for tertiary care services.


Saint Luke’s partnered with Medically Home to develop an incorporated virtual and physical care design to handle the census of HIYH.

“The care design leverages innovation offered by Medically Home called Cesia, which is incorporated into the Epic EHR and set up in the house to link the client to the virtual command center,” Gash described. “It offers anytime access to suppliers and clients and makes sure oversight and management of the client’s health.

“The command center’s treatments and workflows are created to support 24/7/365 high-acuity care in the house,” she continued. “It is staffed by Saint Luke’s doctors, nurse professionals and signed up nurses who are knowledgeable and trained in supplying high-acuity care in your home.”

The command center is linked to at home company to guarantee a smooth assistance group throughout the medical facility stay. Saint Luke’s supplies the innovation, which makes it possible for any client to take part in the program that fulfills the medical requirements.

The innovation is developed for redundancy, dependability and ease of usage. The command center group collaborates with numerous company to bring encouraging care to the house. Secret to the success of the program is this provider network, which provides whatever a client requires to the house as needed, Gash stated.

“Saint Luke’s has actually taken care of more than 250 clients given that the beginning of the program in July 2022,” she reported. “The typical client age is 78 and, to date, 54.3% are female. Primary factors for admission: 52% cardiac arrest, 13% COPD, 11% pneumonia and 9% COVID.”


The program has actually succeeded in a variety of methods.

“Patient complete satisfaction has actually been 18% greater in the HIYH program versus those hospitalized in a bricks-and-mortar center,” Gash stated. “Patients value having the ability to remain in the convenience of their house and anecdotally report they feel much better able to handle their persistent conditions.

“Readmission rates decreased 15% for the HIYH population, with no clients released to post-acute care and no occurrences of hospital-acquired infections or death,” she continued. “To date, result objectives associated with cost and quality have actually been accomplished, and Saint Luke’s has actually seen a decrease in ED holds for these clients.”


HIYH programs are complicated, and need a strong management group to make sure oversight and success, Gash recommended.

“The collaboration with Medically Home was very important due to the fact that it supplied the innovation required to handle the provider network, assisted develop the essential procedures and workflows, and recognized and developed the provider network,” she continued. “Saint Luke’s needed usage of its business EHR to guarantee medical openness, which is essential for connection of care.

“Our experience with HIYH has actually opened receptivity to other care designs and reinforced our determination to innovate,” she concluded.

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