The future hospital looks a lot like home – and it already is in many places. Through the hospital-at-home model of care, eligible patients can receive hospital-level treatment for an acute illness or an exacerbation of a chronic condition in their own bedrooms or living rooms. "From the point of creature comforts, being at home is much better," says William Terry of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 86, who in 2016 went to the emergency room with severe shaking and chills. After chest X-rays, blood tests, an electrocardiogram and an overnight hospital stay failed to reveal what was wrong with him, Brigham Health physician David Michael Levine gave Terry the option to head home with an IV needle in his arm so he could be hooked up to a pump that would deliver regular doses of antibiotics there.

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