Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Patient-Centered Health Care


Medical Home---What is.

Will this really encourage patient involvement ? Or is it another boondoggle?

The term “patient engagement” has become entrenched in the healthcare lexicon. Many have written about how important it will be to achieve the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim—improved care, better health, and reduced healthcare costs. Others have written about the challenges of improving communications between physicians and patients.

Stage IIII of Meaningful use takes a bite into patient apathy regarding their engagement in     personal health records, and use of HIT in their own healthcare.

All of health reform requires significant behavioral modifications. Psychologists have studied this for decades. The Federal Government’s prime methodology includes funding and grants, incentives and penalties (approach-avoidance behavior) along with significant bureaucratic barriers to using old behavioral habits.

As a result of this mandate coupling HIT and clinical practice further data systems must be developed prior to  M.U. deadlines more……..


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