Partners Mobile Observation Unit (PMOU) team was recently honored with the Nesson Award for Innovation at the 2016 Partners Physicians Day.
Named in honor of the Partners HealthCare System’s (PHS) first CEO, the H. Richard Nesson awards are given annually to Partners clinicians and their teams whose work exemplifies Nesson’s commitment to improving care. These awards showcase projects and programs that help fulfill the mission of enhancing both the provider-patient relationship and the clinicians’ experience through innovation in practice and collaboration among colleagues, practices, and hospitals in pursuit of excellence.
The Partners Mobile Observation Unit (PMOU) was established in 2013 by Partners HealthCare at Home with funding from Partners Population Health Management (PHM). Through this innovative program, Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are deployed on an urgent basis to patients’ homes to address medical concerns while helping them avoid ED visits and/or hospitalizations.
Led by Dana Sheer, Director of Advanced Clinical Programs, the program was initially envisioned as a divergent option from Emergency Departments (ED). Today, the program not only works with EDs but also works with Primary Care Physicians to help prevent ED visits and hospitalizations, enhance patient and physician satisfaction, and reduce medical expenses.