Innovations in Care and Quality
Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin
Mobile Integrated Healthcare: A Free Program for High-Risk Patients to Prevent Readmissions
The first-of-its-kind program approved in Illinois, the Advocate Sherman Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) program deploys specially trained paramedics into the community to support patients in managing their chronic conditions. Community paramedicine is a relatively new and evolving healthcare model. It allows paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to assist with primary healthcare and preventive services in patients’ homes.
As a result of this program, Advocate Sherman saw:
- 57% fewer readmissions;
- 29% fewer ED visits; and
- $2.7 million in cost savings.