InnovAge, a national leader of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), is expanding further into telehealth. The Denver-based firm announced Wednesday an equity investment into Jetdoc, a virtual urgent care app that connects users with medical professionals.
“Ever since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued guidance to PACE organizations in March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, telehealth has become an important tool as we help seniors live independently and in their own homes for as long as safely possible,” InnovAge President and CEO Maureen Hewitt said in a press release. “The accelerated adoption of telehealth brought on by COVID-19 has demonstrated the need to have a platform that works with the unique aspects of the PACE model, including our interdisciplinary team approach. Partnering with Jetdoc will allow us to build upon a proven technology solution and work with a leading provider of access to virtual care.”
As part of the deal, InnovAge will help Jetdoc develop a virtual care and remote patient monitoring platform designed to meet the needs of PACE clients, caregivers and providers.
A spokesman for InnovAge told McKnight’s Home Care Daily after the platform is launched, InnovAge will continue to look for opportunities to update the app to more effectively meet the needs of its participants.
PACE serves dual eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries who require skilled nursing services, but are able to remain in their homes.
InnovAge is the nation’s only publicly held PACE program, operating 18 centers in five states.