A family medicine health technology strategy for achieving the triple aim for US health care

Robert L. Phillips, Andrew W. Bazemore, Jennifer Devoe, Thomas J. Weida, Alex H. Krist, Michael F. Dulin, Frances Biagioli

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Health information technology (health IT) and health technology, more broadly, offer tremendous promise for connecting, synthesizing, and sharing information critical to improving health care delivery, reducing health system costs, and achieving personal and community health. While efforts to spur adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) among US practices and hospitals have been highly successful, aspirations for effective data exchanges and translation of data into measure-able improvements in health outcomes remain largely unrealized. There are shining examples of health enhancement through new technologies, and the discipline of family medicine is well poised to take advantage of these innovations to improve patient and population health. The Future of Family Medicine led to important family medicine health IT initiatives over the past decade. For example, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Center for Health Information Technology and the Robert Graham Center provided important leadership for informing health IT policy and standard-setting, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services EHR incentives programs (often referred to as "meaningful use."). As we move forward, there is a need for a new and more comprehensive family medicine strategy for technology. To inform the Family Medicine for America's Health (FMAHealth) initiative, this paper explores strategies and tactics that family medicine could pursue to improve the utility of technology for primary care and to help primary care become a leader in rapid development, testing, and implementation of new technologies. These strategies were also designed with a broader stakeholder audience in mind, intending to reach beyond the work being done by FMAHealth. Specific suggestions include: a shared primary care health IT center, meaningful primary care quality measures and capacity to assess/report them, increased primary care technology research, a national family medicine registry, enhancement of family physicians' technology leadership, and championing patient-centered technology functionality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)628-635
Number of pages8
JournalFamily Medicine
Volume47
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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Biomedical Technology
Family Health
Medical Informatics
Medicine
Delivery of Health Care
Technology
Primary Health Care
Health
Electronic Health Records
Family Physicians
Information Centers
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (U.S.)
Information Dissemination
Health Care Costs
Registries
Motivation

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Phillips, R. L., Bazemore, A. W., Devoe, J., Weida, T. J., Krist, A. H., Dulin, M. F., & Biagioli, F. (2015). A family medicine health technology strategy for achieving the triple aim for US health care. Family Medicine, 47(8), 628-635.

A family medicine health technology strategy for achieving the triple aim for US health care. / Phillips, Robert L.; Bazemore, Andrew W.; Devoe, Jennifer; Weida, Thomas J.; Krist, Alex H.; Dulin, Michael F.; Biagioli, Frances.

In: Family Medicine, Vol. 47, No. 8, 01.09.2015, p. 628-635.

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Phillips, RL, Bazemore, AW, Devoe, J, Weida, TJ, Krist, AH, Dulin, MF & Biagioli, F 2015, 'A family medicine health technology strategy for achieving the triple aim for US health care', Family Medicine, vol. 47, no. 8, pp. 628-635.
Phillips RL, Bazemore AW, Devoe J, Weida TJ, Krist AH, Dulin MF et al. A family medicine health technology strategy for achieving the triple aim for US health care. Family Medicine. 2015 Sep 1;47(8):628-635.
Phillips, Robert L. ; Bazemore, Andrew W. ; Devoe, Jennifer ; Weida, Thomas J. ; Krist, Alex H. ; Dulin, Michael F. ; Biagioli, Frances. / A family medicine health technology strategy for achieving the triple aim for US health care. In: Family Medicine. 2015 ; Vol. 47, No. 8. pp. 628-635.
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