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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fire/EMS Department to Provide Mobile Integrated Healthcare

MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department is taking a new and innovative approach in assisting citizens with their healthcare needs. The new program, titled Mobile Integrated Healthcare, will focus on linking our residents with available healthcare agencies throughout the county and region.  

Through the utilization of community based paramedics and nurses, the program will bring healthcare providers to a citizens home to assess and coordinate their health needs.  Based on the complexities of the current healthcare system, many citizens utilize the 911 system as their primary means of healthcare. This innovative approach will ensure our citizens are connected with the best healthcare resources available in the region.

The Mobile Integrated Healthcare Team will initially focus on those citizens that have accessed the 911 system frequently.  Once identified, the team will meet with patients in the comfort of their home to discuss and identify healthcare needs.  During these home visits, the patient will be assessed for any acute medical problems, have their medical history and current medications reviewed, and the team will also perform a full home safety assessment.  This home safety assessment will ensure that any potential hazard can be identified and corrected.  The overall goal of these home visits is to connect the citizens with services that meet their specific needs, whereas an ambulance transport to the emergency room may not always be the appropriate solution.

One unique aspect of this program is the collaboration of various healthcare agencies working together to focus a patients individual needs.   The Mobile Integrated Healthcare Team has teamed up with the Prince George’s County Health Department, our local hospitals, insurance groups, and many other healthcare agencies to assist in connecting these citizens to appropriate programs and services.  Each citizen has different needs, but by having reliable connections, the Mobile Integrated Healthcare Team is able to navigate the challenges associated with the current health care industry.  

Any questions about the Mobile Integrated Healthcare Team can be sent directly to the Mobile Integrated Healthcare Coordinator, A/Lieutenant Brian Goldfeder at: BSGoldfeder@co.pg.md.us

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