The Patient Centered Medical Home - you may have seen a poster in the doctor's office, heard our government talk about it, or saw it on the news. What exactly is a Patient Centered Medical Home and what does it mean for you, the patient?
Doctors affiliated with patient-centered medical homes focus on connecting the dots and coordinating your overall care, rather than just treating the symptoms that brought you in to the office that day. In the Patient Centered Medical Home model, your primary care physician leads the team of medical professionals, including specialty physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, health educators, and other health care professionals all focused on the goal of improving your overall health. Within a medical home model, technology is used, such as the electronic health record, to communicate and coordinate your care and provide the best possible outcomes for you.
You, the patient, are the most important part of the medical home. We encourage you to take an active role in your own health and to work closely with the healthcare professionals involved in your care, so you can be sure you are getting the care that you need.