One of the exciting areas in which Healthcare IT is helping to improve care and reduce costs is the use of mobile devices for monitoring patients outside hospital and clinic settings. Another increasingly important concept is the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).
According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a nonprofit dedicated to improving healthcare quality, “The Patient Centered Medical Home is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family.” The NCQA goes on to say, “A patient-centered medical home is a model of care that strengthens the clinician-patient relationship by replacing episodic care with coordinated care and a long-term healing relationship.”
Currently, the main healthcare IT focus in PCMH discussions is on Electronic Health Records (EMR), health information exchanges, email, and web portals, and not as much on remote monitoring. This is natural, since it helps to have things like EMR’s in place before remote monitoring can be leveraged. In this meeting, we look at how remote monitoring technology can support the PCMH model.
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