The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced the launch of a new website dedicated to providing objective information about the medical home model to policymakers and researchers. The AHRQ’s Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center offers a searchable database of publications and resources related to the medical home, along with AHRQ-commissioned white papers.
One white paper published on the website, “Necessary, but not sufficient: The HITECH Act’s Potential to Build Medical Homes,” examines how health information technology can be used to support the medical home model. The authors of the paper identified the following three technologies in particular that can help physician practices become successful medical homes:
- Electronic health records: The medical home model mandates comprehensive, team-based care, which often involves the exchange of health information among multiple care providers.
- Personal health records (PHRs): The ARHQ believes that, “If adopted more broadly, PHRs have the potential to help primary care providers empower patients, and enhance the continuity of care provided.”
- Telemedicine, which can improve access to care for remote or homebound patients.
The medical home model has been gaining traction as an alternative to the traditional fee-for-service model of payment.