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Home Hospital Early Adopters Accelerator

In collaboration with CaroNova, Ariadne Labs’ Early Adopters Accelerator Program supports health care systems to further develop their own home hospital programs. The program provides expertise in designing and managing home hospital programs via a network of hospitals who collectively learn, create, and implement together as a community.

Using a product development framework that promotes collaboration, flexibility, and efficiency, participating hospitals co-generate solutions for common needs and challenges early adopters face as they implement new home hospital programs. Example solutions include smart scheduling templates, clinical protocols, and pharmacy workflows.

Home hospital programs throughout the United States have helped address challenges in delivering acute hospital care by improving quality, safety, cost, and patient experience. With literature published on the benefits of the delivery of acute care at home and the approval of the Acute Hospital Care at Home Waiver by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in November 2020, many hospitals either have launched or plan to launch their own home hospital program. To do so requires combining their deep clinical expertise in acute care provision with new technologies, staffing models, and workflows. The Early Adopters Accelerator aims to provide the tools and resources needed for systems to succeed in the launch of their home hospital program. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the time commitment look like?

While it would be great if your hospital/health system could join every two week sprint, we understand that it can be difficult to make that happen. This is a flexible model, so your hospital/health system will not be required to join all 20 sprints, however we ask that you fully participate in the two week sprints you commit to. A minimum of five sprints is expected.

During a sprint, a daily 15- to 30-minute meeting will be required, in addition to working in small groups throughout the two weeks. We estimate about three to four hours of work each week per team member.

What are some examples of scrum topics that will be covered during the accelerator?

As mentioned in our introductory webinar, potential knowledge products that could be produced during the sprints include smart scheduling templates, clinical protocols, pharmacy workflows, and asset management and tracking. Participants will together decide which knowledge products we focus on.

Is this a US only initiative? Can my hospital/health system that is not based in the US participate?

This is not a US only initiative. If your hospital/health system is not based in the US, we welcome you to apply to join the Early Adopters Accelerator program to help promote opportunities for knowledge share.

Who will need to be involved in each sprint? Will team members involved in each sprint need to be topic focused?

It would be great if your hospital/health system could commit one to two individuals who will join every/most sprints your organization participates in, with the addition of one to two team members who will join sprints based on their area of expertise. For example, if a sprint has a pharmaceutical focus, including someone from your organization’s pharmacy team in the sprint would enrich the experience and the development of the knowledge product.

How can I/my organization support this initiative? 

Please encourage your partners to apply to join the accelerator!

What is the schedule/set up of the sprint cycles?

Throughout the two week sprint period, there will be a daily 15- to 30-minute meeting to discuss assigned tasks, update the larger group on what has been accomplished since the previous meeting, and troubleshoot any challenges team members are facing in the development of the product.

Are the sprints meant to be learning and informational sessions or are they meant to engage hospitals/health systems in developing a project as it relates to home hospital programs? 

The main goal of the sprints is to serve as a space for hospitals/health systems to engage with one another and develop a knowledge product in real time that can be used directly with their program to help start or improve a home hospital program. They are not learning or information sessions. 

Does the clinical lead have to be a physician?

No. It has to be someone deeply engaged in the home hospital program. It does not have to be a clinician, although clinician leads are preferable.

If we are submitting for our health system does it matter which hospitals CMS Cert Number we enter?

If you are submitting on behalf of a health system and your health system has separate home hospital teams, each team should submit and take part. If one team represents several hospitals, please note each CCN that your team serves.

Will the introductory workshop be recorded if members of the team are unable to make it?

The live introductory workshop will be recorded in case team members are unable to make it. However, we do ask that given we’ll be collaborating over a short period of time, individuals participating in the sprints commit to attending the few meetings that will be held.