Physician Spotlight: Dr. Mohyuddin, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Care at Home

When Dr. Naved Mohyuddin learned more about the COVID-19 pandemic, he knew the healthcare industry needed to pivot in order to care for an influx of patients. That’s when he was approached about joining Ascension Saint Thomas’s Hospital Care at Home team, which launched through a partnership with Contessa in 2019.

“Home-based hospital care might be a trend, but it is here to stay. It’s the future of medicine,” said Dr. Moyhuddin, who’s been a hospitalist at Saint Thomas Midtown for twenty years.

With Hospital Care at Home, Dr. Mohyuddin has the ability to see patients in the comfort of their home. Eligible patients who require hospital-level care are sent home with remote patient monitoring devices and begin receiving treatment the same day. He rounds on his patients using a tablet, which often provides a more intimate experience for the provider and patient.

At first, he had concerns that the care-model wouldn’t deliver an accurate picture of the patient’s health, but he quickly found that it effectively offers more insight into their condition and well-being.

“I often get more one-on-one time with my Hospital Care at Home patients since I am not going room-to-room like when I am rounding in the hospital. I get to see them in their familiar setting, on their couch or in a recliner. This allows for a more honest conversation and creates a stronger element of bonding and trust between my patient and me.”

A Recovery Care Coordinator is in constant communication with Hospital Care at Home patients. They are responsible for following the physician-directed care plan, coordinating care, educating the patient on their condition, and scheduling follow up appointments with the primary care physician. Dr. Mohyuddin credits the Recovery Care Coordinator, coupled with the physician-patient relationship-building component, with the care model’s long term proven success. The attention to detail and in-depth education alerts the care team to issues before they escalate to a hospital readmission.

“Hospital Care at Home bridges the gap between hospitalists and primary care physicians. It is a valuable tool for creating long-term patient trust.”