Centering on the Patient: How Electronic Health Records Enable Care Coordination

18 Aug 2011

Electronic health records (EHRs) are considered an essential ingredient of care coordination by Medical Homes; however, detailed descriptions of how it actually happens in real life are rarely found. eHealth Initiative, working with sanofi-aventis and Health & Technology Vector (H&TV), recently concluded an exploratory project to understand how eHRs can be used to improve care coordination for complex patients. The project provided a multi-dimensional picture of this one element of transforming primary care to the medical home. It began with an operational definition of, and measures for, care coordination. Then, the Care Coordination project built and demonstrated two models for improving care coordination between medical homes and specialists.


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