Description and Early Results of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California COVID-19 Home Monitoring Program

Partners/ AuthorsDan Ngoc Huynh, MD, Alyssa Millan, MPH, Earl Quijada, MD, Deborah John, Shariq Khan and Tadashi Funahashi, MD
Start & end date2021
FocusThe Southern California region of Kaiser Permanente developed a COVID-19 Home Monitoring program as an alternative to hospital admission to decrease hospital bed days and mitigate the adverse effects of a surge.
OutcomeThe study found that about 10% of the 13,055 patients were admitted to the hospital based on their reported symptoms. Only 0.2% of patients died while participating in the remote monitoring program. The mortality rate at 30 days from enrollment was 1.6%. These patients were usually 60 or older and more likely to have had existing comorbidities like obesity or hypertension. And 95.5% of patients recovered from COVID-19, completing the RPM program in an average of nine days. COVID-19 home monitoring appears to be safe and effective. Initial data suggest it can serve as an alternative to hospitalization, decreasing hospital length of stay when patients receive therapies in the ambulatory setting otherwise reserved for the hospital. Initial results of this Home Monitoring program appear to be promising, and a longer term prospective study is warranted.