On April 23, 2020, Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin launched the Ascension Home Monitoring Program to compassionately care for patients with COVID-19 outside of the hospital or clinic setting. The program connected at-risk patients with pre-existing conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic respiratory disease or diabetes to 24/7 At Home Monitoring in an effort to reduce hospitalizations and keep patients safe.
Patients were enrolled after an emergency department visit or through an Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin clinic. Once enrolled, the patient was given a home monitoring kit, which included an oxygen monitor, and was monitored 24/7 for 16 days. In the first six months of the program, it gave nearly 700 patients and their providers comfort knowing that they were safely cared for from the comfort of their own homes. Patients appreciated the frequent and direct communication with clinicians and the ability to receive immediate care at the hospital if their symptoms worsened.