Blueprint for National Health Records Network Accepted by 100 Stakeholder Groups

Recent consensus sets stage for further progress with universal patient health records (PHRs) Efforts to advance use of a universal electronic patient health record (PHR) got a boost recently. The creation of a Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) moved closer to reality with announcement of consensus among more than 100 stakeholders on guidelines for ensuring consumer-friendly features, operational efficiencies, privacy, and security. Connecting for Health, a public-private...

Expansion of Medical Home Concept Requires Response by Clinical Laboratories

Meet the concept of the medical home. It is a managed-care delivery model that charges physicians with coordinating overall care for patients with chronic illnesses. Since its’ inception just a few years ago, it has spread nationwide. Medical home demonstration projects now operate in 22 states. Two states, Rhode Island and North Dakota, have implemented statewide programs. By design, the medical home is a patient-centered, integrated care model. An important goal is to create a strong,...
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