Providing comprehensive, quality care to all children is a difficult task. This goal is made all the more challenging when healthcare providers don’t share information about mutual patients. This lack of coordination can lead to duplication of efforts, wasted resources and diminished quality of patient care.
The medical home
seeks to address and resolve these recurring problems in America’s healthcare system by bringing the focus back to centralized primary care and focusing on coordinated, streamlined care for all patients. A medical home is a model of integrated healthcare that provide four features: patient- and family-centered care; coordination of care; continuity of care; and patient education. To achieve these four characteristics, practices often need to make major transformations, some of which include:
- Integrating medical records
- Connecting with community services
- Streamlining referrals
- Reducing appointment wait times
- Improving patient education
Making this transformation requires commitment, resources, time and know-how.