From The ER To Inpatient Care – At Home

Phyllis Petruzzelli spent the week before Christmas struggling to breathe. When she went to the emergency department on Dec. 26, the doctor at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital near her home in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood said she had pneumonia and needed hospitalization. Then the doctor proposed something that made Petruzzelli nervous. Instead of being admitted to the hospital, she could go back home and let the hospital come to her.

As a “hospital-at-home” patient, Petruzzelli, 71 this week, learned doctors and nurses would come to her home twice a day and perform any needed tests or bloodwork.

A wireless patch a little bigger than her index finger would be affixed to her skin to track her vital signs and send a steady stream of data to the hospital. If she had any questions, she could talk face-to-face via video chat anytime with a nurse or doctor at the hospital.
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From The ER To Inpatient Care – At Home

KHN contributing columnist Michelle Andrews writes the series Insuring Your Health , which explores health care coverage and costs. To contact Michelle with a question or comment, click here. Phyllis Petruzzelli spent the week before Christmas struggling to breathe. When she went to the emergency department on Dec.