Dr. Joe Kimura, Chief Medical Officer, discusses how Somatus deployed a robust transitions-of-care (TOC) service to help their patients safely transition from acute inpatient care to home. Somatus provides TOC services to CKD3/4/5 and ESKD patients and has found patients in the program are 49% less likely to be re-admitted to the hospital compared to usual care.
Dr. Kimura joins Somatus from Atrius Health, a 650+ physician Boston-based independent multispecialty practice serving 700,000 patients across Eastern MA. Transitioning after almost two decades from a Boston-based multispecialty group practice known as a national leader in value based accountable care, in his role as Somatus’ Chief Medical Officer, he is laser-focused on the provision of world class kidney care and works to help reduce the burden of end-stage-kidney disease in this country. Dr. Kimura works closely with our clinical care team leadership at Somatus to advance our clinical operations and improve patient outcomes as we continue to scale significantly across multiple markets and partner with providers and healthcare delivery systems to drive more healthy days at home.
He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics and has been a national advocate for the practical applications of clinical informatics and healthcare analytics to improve care delivery. Dr. Kimura is a graduate of Stanford University, Washington University School of Medicine, and Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency training in primary care internal medicine at UCSF, his health services research fellowship at HMS, and the MIT Sloan Executive Program in Management, Innovation, and Technology in 2015. He is a faculty member in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School.