Home-Based Care Reimagined: A Full-Fledged Health Care Delivery Ecosystem Without Walls

Christine Ritchie, Bruce Leff

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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the dangers of tying health care delivery to brick-and-mortar health care facilities. Both before and, more intensely, during the pandemic, health systems have struggled to support high-need patients, especially those unable to engage with virtual technology or needing urgent care in the home. The pandemic has highlighted an ongoing need to create a distributed health care delivery ecosystem centered in patients' homes and the community. This age-friendly ecosystem would initially focus on high-need patients, expand access, improve equity, and be of high value. It would integrate episodic and longitudinal care and expand to serve broader populations as it matures. We briefly describe the evidence base for home-based care models that constitute this ecosystem, define the guiding principles underlying it, and discuss what will be required to build out and scale it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-695
Number of pages7
JournalHealth affairs (Project Hope)
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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