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Tampa General Hospital launches TGH at Home, an innovative program offering personalized care and improved patient access


TGH at Home is a program that allows Tampa General to treat less serious patients in the comfort of their own home rather than in a hospital setting.

TAMPA, Florida., July 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Patients at Tampa General Hospital now have a new care option that combines the expertise of a world-class facility with the comforts of their own home. Tampa General Hospital’s (TGH) Hospital at Home program combines expert care and innovative technology with a focus on patient needs. TGH at Home gives eligible patients the opportunity to stay at home, while receiving the best clinical hospital care from healthcare providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and certified nursing assistants. . Based on the same standards used inside the hospital, patients receive daily home visits from healthcare providers, virtual visits, and 24-hour remote patient monitoring.

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“TGH at Home is a true model of innovation – integrating high-tech applications such as remote patient monitoring and telehealth visits with in-person care by trained healthcare providers,” said Jean Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General. “We can give patients what they really want – world-class care in their own environment. In addition to improving the patient experience, hospital care at home has been shown to improve quality and service. .”

To be enrolled in TGH at Home, patients must be seen in the emergency department or admitted to the hospital so that they can be assessed and transferred to the TGH at Home program (subject to patient consent). Patients must meet certain criteria to be cared for safely at home.

During their home treatment, patients receive at least two in-person visits per day by a dedicated member of the TGH home clinical team.

In addition to in-person care, TGH relies on innovative technology to provide optimal care outside of the hospital. TGH is delighted to be associated with the Israelbased on the Biobeat Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) platform to provide each patient with a wireless device that continuously transmits vital signs. The device doubles as a blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter and thermometer. In addition to ongoing patient monitoring, TGH is proud to work with US-based telehealth provider TytoCare to offer the TGH Virtual Health Kit powered by TytoCare. This virtual health platform provides patients with a cellular tablet to transfer information about a patient’s vital signs and can also be used to conduct telehealth visits with providers. Equipment is provided at no additional cost and is constantly monitored by the care team.

Using this technology, TGH’s home care team of doctors and nurses stays in close contact with each patient to monitor their condition and make any necessary treatment changes for optimal recovery. Patients have 24-hour access to healthcare professionals if they have a question or concern. In order for the healthcare team to respond in a timely manner, patients must live within a 30 minute drive of Tampa General. In the unlikely event of an emergency, the care team will facilitate transportation to hospital or other emergency care, as needed.

Initially, TGH at home will be limited to patients with certain conditions, including:

  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)

  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)

  • Cellulite

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • Diabetes

Benefits for patients include:

  • Patient-centered care

  • Intimacy of being at home

  • Comfort of family, friends and pets

  • Reduction of the risk of nosocomial infections

  • Equivalent or better results compared to traditional hospital care

“TGH at Home aims to improve access to care and the patient experience,” said Dr. Peggy Dugan, executive vice president and chief medical officer of Tampa General. “Patients are carefully assessed to determine if their condition makes them a candidate for TGH at home. They receive elements of world-class hospital care in their homes with supportive nursing care and most importantly, their families. We know that patients recover better when surrounded by the familiar.”

According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, a systematic review of nine studies found that people receiving hospital care at home had a 26% lower risk of hospital readmission and a lower risk of admission to nursing home. longer duration than traditionally hospitalized patients. Patients who received hospital care at home also had lower depression and anxiety scores than patients receiving hospital care.

“TGH at home is the future of medicine happening now, thanks to technological innovations and advanced models of care,” said Dr. peter chang, Vice President of Healthcare Design, Tampa General. “These programs are gaining momentum across the country and the benefits are tangible: improved patient experience, shorter hospital stay, reduced risk of hospital readmission and more cost-effective care.” For more information about TGH At Home, call 813-844-8705 or visit TGH At Home.

Tampa General Hospital, a 1,041-bed nonprofit academic medical center, is one of America’s largest hospitals and provides world-class care as the region’s only trauma center. level I and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-22 Best Hospitals, and one of the top four hospitals in Floridawith five specialties ranked among the best programs in United States. Tampa General Hospital was named a Model of Excellence by the 2022 Fortune/Merative list of Top 100 Hospitals. The University Medical Center’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious 2021 Forbes magazine rankings – America’s Best Employers by State, Third out of Florida’s 100 Companies and First Among Healthcare Organizations and and 13th nationally among America’s Top Employers. for women. Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of ability to pay, and in fiscal year 2020 provided net community benefit worth more than $182.5 million in the form of health care for underinsured patients, community education and financial support to community health organizations in Tampa Bay. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and the primary teaching hospital for USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With six medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General is home to a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center, and its 32-bed neuroscience and critical care unit is the largest on the west coast of Florida. It also houses the 82-bed Jennifer Leigh Muma Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group primary care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health, and 19 outpatient radiology centers. Tampa Bay Area residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care network of clinics powered by Fast Track, and they can even receive home visits in select areas through TGH Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track. As one of the largest hospitals in the nation, Tampa General Hospital is the first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to improve and better coordinate patient care at lower cost. For more information, visit www.tgh.org.

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