Harvard Heart Letter

Bringing hospital care home

A movement called Hospital at Home seeks to provide professional-caliber medical care at home to people who need care but do not need to be hospitalized. The concept is simple. Instead of admitting patients to a hospital for relatively straightforward conditions, doctors and nurses administer treatments in the patient's home. New communication technologies coupled with the miniaturization and portability of ultrasound and x-ray machines, devices for delivering intravenous (IV) medications, and other advances are making it easier and safer to do this.
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