That’s right. Not just the doctor. The clinic.
This isn’t your grandfather’s version of a house call. What we’re talking about here is a whole new animal. Mobile health clinics that offer individuals and communities accessible, quality care.
For the past three days, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement held its 15th Annual International Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community here in Washington, DC. And in the days leading up to the Summit, IHI recognized the growing relevance of mobile health clinics to the transformation of health care with events in Boston, New York City, and Washington, DC – with discussions on the local impact some 2,000 mobile clinics in the US are having in the context of health reform.
Kaiser Permanente has its own mobile health vehicle on site for Summit attendees to visit. Designed to mirror a small medical center on wheels, the state-of-the-art vehicle has two exam rooms, areas for patient intake and health education, and computers wired with Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect® (the organization’s system-wide electronic health record). This mobile health vehicle can provide access to health care, as well as preventive services and screenings, to thousands of Kaiser Permanente members – as well as the uninsured – within the Mid-Atlantic region.