September 8, 2009
I am enjoying several “email conversations” after last week’s Electronic Health Records for Smarter Healthcare Webinar. In one of those threads, Paul Grundy is sharing his experiences with the patient-centered medical home movement. (You can find Paul blogging at Healthnex.) The patient-centered medical home involves leveraging technology to improve the efficiency and quality of patient care. It is a great example of transforming healthcare from the ground-up, and something I would love to see in my community because I genuinely believe that it would improve the quality of healthcare my family receives. Of course, XML standard-based formats and technologies make this movement possible. You can see great videos about patient-centered medical home at:
The organization promoting this concept are the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. They are a coalition of more than 600 major employers, consumer groups, organizations representing primary care physicians, and others who have joined to advance the concept of a patient-centered medical home. I genuinely hope that their efforts bear fruit.