THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI)
FOR A MOBILE CLINIC
Mobile health clinics provide an alternative portal into the healthcare system for vulnerable populations. People who are underinsured, uninsured, or otherwise outside of mainstream healthcare due to issues of trust, language, immigration status, or simply location.
As providers of last resort, Mobile Clinics are an essential component of the healthcare safety net providing prevention, screening, and appropriate triage into mainstream services.
Despite the face value of providing services to underserved populations, focused analysis of the relative value of the mobile health clinic model is not typically clear to stakeholders.
A 2009 paper published in BMC Medicine and outlined a return on investment algorithm designed to answer the question: can the value of the services provided by mobile health programs be quantified in terms of quality-adjusted life-years saved and estimated emergency department expenditures avoided?
By using published data that quantify the value of prevention practices and the value of preventing unnecessary use of emergency departments, an empirical method was developed to determine the value of a typical mobile health clinic.
For example, The Family Van, a mobile health clinic that has been serving the medically disenfranchised of Boston for 16 years, was evaluated accordingly and found to have a return on investment of $36 for every $1 invested in the program.
Click here to view the BMC Medicine research article and learn more.