We’ve reported before on the Adirondack Regional Medical Home Pilot project, which aims to refocus the way healthcare is delivered.
The new approach is more outcomes-based and less concentrated on costly procedures.
Doctors and hospitals are rewarded financially for actually improving people’s health, not for using expensive machines or drugs. They also work to reduce costly emergency room admissions.
Now the Albany Times-Union has an update on the story, looking in-depth at how the Medical Home approach affected Amy and Brendan Gotham, a couple in Lake Placid, who have a young baby.
Amy Gotham had just crawled into bed when the baby monitor shook with an alarming noise.
Gotham, 29, ran into the next bedroom to find then-5-month-old Liam bawling and coughing, yet unable to make a sound. His case of croup — a swelling around his vocal cords — had dramatically worsened overnight.
Gotham called her husband, Brenden, who was still at work. “I’m taking him to the ER,” she said.
But using an on-call system and improved electronic medical records, their doctor was able to help over the phone, calling in a prescription to the pharmacy and making the trip to the emergency room unnecessary.
While [Adirondack Medical Center CEO Chandler] Ralph said it is too early to assess per-patient cost savings, ER visits dropped from 16,249 in 2009 to 15,417 in 2010.
According to the Times-Union, New York state is now preparing to expand the Adirondack pilot project to involve roughly a million families across the state. Read the full article here.