The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are nwo joining forces to work on developing Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs), which will help veterans with disabilities with their health issues where ever they are, according to an article on Government Health IT.
PCMHs were developed to help streamline and coordinate medical data into a “single, cohesive approach for patient care.” In theory, this approach will give the patient a stronger active role in their own medical treatment in that they will be able to see real-time test results, view their own medical records, schedule visits, and question their own medical care team directly through the PCMH patient portal. No longer will veterans be “passive observers” in their own health care program.
The PCMH provides something else as well: either a physical or digital location. This will be a centralized location where the medical providers exist for direct interaction, which can include:
- physician specialists;
- nurse practitioners;
- social workers; and
The focus of the care will put more emphasis on preventative care as opposed to just treating patients once they’ve become ill, which may ultimately result in fewer visits to emergency rooms as well as fewer hospital readmissions.
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