Mobile Integrated Health (Community Paramedicine)

Mobile Integrated Health, commonly referred to as Community Paramedicine, is a revolutionary approach to emergency medicine which aspires to support, educate, and empower at-risk individuals to improve their overall health and satisfaction with the healthcare system.

Community Paramedics pay home visits and connect their patients with available resources in Madison and Dane County to help them take charge of their own healthcare. By providing proactive care for these individuals, we hope to reduce the number of emergent 9-1-1 calls and ER visits.

With financial support from The Meriter Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Madison Fire Department employs two full-time Community Paramedics and one part-time Community Paramedic.

The Meriter Foundation has provided funds for MFD to manage cases for 10 high-service utilizers in the community. Within the first six months of launching the Meriter grant, Community Paramedics helped save UnityPoint Health Meriter over a half-million dollars in ER and admission costs. See the video below to learn more about our Mobile Integrated Health program!

Thanks to a grant funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the MFD is also partnering with a UW Health study to support older adults who’ve been discharged from Emergency Departments. The goal of this program is to study and potentially decrease hospital readmission rates.

In the study, a concept known as “The Four Pillars” is reviewed with patients during a consult. The Four Pillars include a review of patient medications, patient follow-up appointments, tools available to help patients keep track of important health care information, and warning signs or “red flags” that may portend the need for emergency medical care.

Our MIH paramedics have completed 60 hours of training, plus a 16-hour workshop focused on Motivational Interviewing, the art of interviewing patients and getting them engaged in their own health care.

Learn more about us in the Wisconsin State Journal (December 25, 2016).