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Digital Health report: Developing a hybrid care model

Dr. Lindsay Jubelt, Mass General Brigham Chief Population Health Officer and AllWays Health Partners Chief Medical Officer, spoke about hybrid care at the Digital Health Conference by Reuters Events. The following was originally shared in the post-event report: Transitioning to a Data-Driven Health Ecosystem.
 
Hybrid care - a combination of traditional inpatient in-person care and virtual care - is the best of both worlds, says Jubelt.
 
Physicians were forced to adapt to a hybrid care model during the pandemic but it’s still a work in progress, she says. “One model won’t scale across all geographies and demographics.” The transformation also requires a shift from fee-for-service to a value-based model, says Jubelt.
 
Mass General Brigham has reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke for patients dramatically in its hybrid iHeart Champion program. Through remote patient monitoring and AI algorithms, physicians are informed immediately when a patient’s blood pressure or cholesterol are not being managed well. Pharmacists work directly through the primary care provider to help make medication adjustments when advised.  Through this program “a patient’s blood pressure and cholesterol can be brought down under control within a matter of weeks rather than waiting years,” says Jubelt.
 
She expects to see similar integrated value-based programs expand.
 
The hybrid care model is especially valuable for dialysis patients, she notes. It is also convenient for prostate cancer patients who can be monitored at home post-treatment for recurrence using an evidence-based algorithm and without the need for an in-person blood draw.
 
Traditional care is still preferred by many providers and healthcare workers because it is optimized for their workflow, Jubelt acknowledges. “Workforce recruitment and training for this new model of care will be a top challenge for the next decade,” she says.
 
Read the full Digital Health report on the Reuters Events website.

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