MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- Paramedicine is an innovative way patients with chronic conditions are staying healthy at home. The Paramedicine program in Montgomery county a success. Now the state of Indiana is looking to that program as an example for other communities to follow suit.
Paramedicine is also known as Mobil Integrated health. Montgomery County began its program in 2017 and it’s been a success since it began.
"That first year we were able to decrease readmissions by 4 percent for us in Crawfordville so that is a significant improvement," said Jessica Corbin the Director of Care Management in Western Indiana at Franciscan Health.
The practice includes firefighters and paramedics in Crawfordsville acting as the eyes and ears for doctors when they visit patients at home. They help patients monitor their symptoms and catch problems before they become worse.
"We are actually part of the health system and are fully integrated into our hospital and all our visits are scheduled,” said Paul Miller the Division Chief at the Crawfordsville Fire Department.
The program is versatile and can be tailored for patients and their specific needs.
"The E.R. may not be the most appropriate and maybe the primary care is the next best step so we are just helping them navigate how they can get to the right resources," added Corbin.
That ability to help patients navigate healthcare successfully has caught the attention of state health officials.
"We are on the advisory committee for the state working with Dr. Kaufmann we work with many ems agencies and a few insurance agencies as well looking at how we can replicate this and financially sustain it so every community member can benefit from it,” added Miller.
Access to healthcare is what this program is creating more of, and its why the people who helped get the program off the ground are convinced have made it successful.
"Access to care can be difficult in some of the rural settings and Montgomery County is considered one of those rural areas," added Corbin.
"We have a real relationship in our community with the people that we serve and we saw multiple voids that we could fill," added Miller.
The Paramedicine program is working to compile more evidence of their success so it can be replicated in other parts of the state and the country. For more information about the program click here.