Without EMRs, PHRs and health information exchange, the patient-centered medical home may not be bound to fail, but it certainly is difficult to establish and maintain. "IT is really the key to supporting the doctor/patient relationship and making it more efficient, safer and more effective," Dr. Paul Grundy, president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, tells Health Data Management. The Washington-based organization advocates the medical home, under which a primary-care physician manages and coordinates care on behalf of patients, with an eye toward prevention and management of chronic diseases.
It may be a challenge to implement the medical-home model under current reimbursement systems, but until payers start rewarding physicians for keeping patients healthy, IT may be the best avenue. EMRs with clinical decision support, PHRs that help patients monitor their own conditions and health information exchange to support care coordination all can help establish a team approach to care and treatment, HDM reports.
"This is simply about restructuring the way healthcare is delivered to catch the efficiency of technology," adds Grundy, who also is director of heathcare transformation at IBM.
To learn more about how EMRs can enable the medical home:
- take a look at this Health Data Management story