West Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health prides itself on being on the leading edge of palliative care. The fourth-largest nondenominational health system in the U.S., which estimates a patient load of 4 million visits per year, was a winner of the 2013 Circle of Life Award for its integrated approach to serving palliative care patients.
The system is further innovating by testing palliative telehealth in a nursing home and patients' homes, with pilots running in Ft. Dodge, Iowa and Peoria, Ill. Lori Bishop, executive director of clinical transformation and palliative care for UnityPoint at Home, said the pilots were designed to gauge the ability of remote palliative care to extend the system's resources beyond its physical locations and also to gauge the timeliness of providing palliative services to patients with serious illnesses.
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