What is Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH)?
Mobile Integrated Healthcare represents one of the most progressive evolutions in the delivery of community based care by sending EMS providers within their current scope of practice in an expanded role through the use of non-‐emergent resources in the pre-‐hospital setting. The intent is to provide patient centered healthcare in a clinical and non-‐clinical role. MIH paramedics will provide medical assessment and preventive healthcare education tailored to the medical needs of the individual and connecting individuals with appropriate social services resources. The MIH program allows the paramedics to act in a proactive non--emergent capacity.
On October 1, 2014, SAFD began a six-month pilot Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) Program which focused on patients with a high volume use of the 911 system. The MIH program has consistently demonstrated a 60% reduction in call volume for that demographic. MIH has become an integral part of the prehospital response by solidifying its position as an active collaborator in the healthcare system at large.
This program uses patient-‐centered, mobile resources in the out-‐of-‐hospital environment. The San Antonio Fire Department/Mobile Integrated Healthcare (SAFD/MIH) program aspires to provide and improve the wellness and healthcare delivery to our citizens by extending the Fire Departments reach out into the community. With city leadership that believes in the wellness vision, the MIH program has since taken on several grants.