What is Mobile Integrated Health?
Over the past several years, two new types of patient care offered by EMS agencies have generated tremendous interest within EMS and the wider health care community. Called mobile integrated health care and community paramedicine (MIH-CP), many believe these innovations have the potential to transform EMS from a strictly emergency care service
to a value-based mobile health care provider that is fully integrated with an array of health care and social services partners to improve the health of the community. Being bilingual is a plus in delivering Mobile Integrated Health services.
Though still evolving, MIH and CP programs operating around the nation are providing a range of patient-centered services, including:
- Sending EMTs, paramedics or community paramedics into the homes of patients to help with chronic disease management and education, or post-hospital discharge follow-up, to prevent hospital admissions or readmissions, and to improve patients’ experience of care.
- Navigating patients to destinations such as primary care, urgent care, mental health or substance abuse treatment centers instead of emergency departments to avoid costly, unnecessary hospital visits.
- Deploying telemedicine to connect patients in their homes with caregivers elsewhere.
- Providing telephone advice or other assistance to non-urgent 911 callers instead of sending an ambulance crew.
- MIH-CP is fully integrated; collaborative; data- driven; patient-centered and team-based. Examples of MIH-CP activities can include, but are not limited to, providing telephone advice instead of resource dispatch; providing chronic disease management, preventive care or post-discharge follow-up; or transport or referral to care beyond hospital emergency departments.
Given the already high volume of non-critical calls, many EMS systems are uniquely positioned to support mobile integrated health/community paramedicine (MIH-CP) programs. MIH-CP programs are designed to assist low-income and elderly populations who otherwise have few alternative sources of health care support. Community paramedics may take on this expanded role with additional training in the management of chronic disease, communication skills and cultural sensitivity. [adapted from: https://www.naemt.org/docs/default-source/community-paramedicine/naemt-mih-cp-report.pdf?sfvrsn=df32c792_4]
How Can I Become Part of a Mobile Integrated Health Program?
First, you must already licensed as an EMT, Paramedic, Nurse, or other health care professional. From there you can take a number of courses at PVCC that can help you prepare for a job or career in Mobile Integrated Health. Click on the individual course links below to learn more about each course offered here at PVCC:
IPH101 Introduction to Public Health (NEW!!! Will be offered for the first time at PVCC this Fall 2018!!)
SPA118 Health Care Spanish II
IPH220 Introduction to Mobile Integrated Health (NEW!!! Will be offered at PVCC in Spring 2019)
IPH201 Introduction to Epidemiology (NEW!!! Will be offered at PVCC in Summer 2019)
If you are interested in Mobile Integrated Health, one of the first things you should do is contact one of the Integrated Public Health faculty members here on campus. They would love to answer any questions you have about Mobile Integrated Health or any of the other Integrated Public Health specialties, such as Public Health Worker, Health Educator, Health Administrator, or Patient Navigation. They will also help you select courses to take and offer advice on jobs and scheduling as well as getting you hooked up with all the resources PVCC has available on campus to make your learning experiences successful.