Mobile Integrated Health
South Shore Health is leveraging the power of our community health system to provide a safety net for patients with chronic health conditions who can benefit from integrated, comprehensive care in the home through our Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) program.
Mobile Integrated Health brings care into the community in the form of a personalized high-touch, high-tech healthcare program. It combines modern technology with the time-honored tradition of clinicians providing healthcare within the patient’s home.
South Shore Health’s specially trained paramedics visit patient homes and connect patients to doctors via telehealth technology. This helps patients manage chronic conditions while reducing the number of unneeded hospital visits.
South Shore Health’s program is the first hospital-based MIH program in Massachusetts. MIH is the expansion of our successful EMS program.
The South Shore Health MIH team conducted more than 575 COVID-19 tests for non-ambulatory patients in the community during the height of the pandemic. This allowed some of our region's most vulnerable patients to stay safe and comfortable at home while preserving bed capacity for the sickest patients at South Shore Hospital.
Our team focuses on treating patients with chronic health issues, such as:
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Wound care needs
Our MIH paramedics will also interact with patients in the community with chronic behavioral health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorder. Our paramedics will refer patients in crisis or who are in need of outpatient behavioral health treatment to Aspire Health Alliance, a South Shore Health partner and Department of Mental Health Emergency Service Provider.