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AIC:HR organizes Workshop on Medical Home to focus on new primary care delivery system

CAPT Robert Marshall, M.D.,

Chief Medical Informatics

Officer, U.S. Navy

(photos by Katherine Queen,

Trippplett Productions)

The Virginia Tech Arlington Innovation Center: Health Research (AIC:HR) convened a Workshop on Medical Home last week to focus on a Patient Centered Medical Home (PC-MH) health care delivery model designed to facilitate partnerships among individual patients, their families, and physicians. "This primary care model depends on extensive support of care coordinators and uses registries, information technology, health information exchanges, and additional services to assure that patients receive timely, coordinated, and comprehensive care in a culturally appropriate manner," said workshop chair Seong K. Mun, professor and director of the AIC:HR.

About 85 participants from academia, the military, and the private sector attended the day-long Workshop on Medical Home held at The George Washington Masonic Memorial in Old Town, Alexandria. The program was supported by the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), and sponsored by Carilion Clinic, IMC, and TIAG. CDR Robert Marshall, M.D., U.S. Navy; COL Hon Pak, M.D., U.S. Army; LCDR Steve Steffensen, MD, U.S. Navy, John Wendland, Carilion Clinic, and Kenneth Wong, research assistant professor, Physics, and Jennifer LeFurgy, project manager, Physics, both at Virginia Tech National Capital Region, served with Mun on the workshop committee.

The workshop featured four scheduled sessions, with speakers addressing these topics: Medical Home from the Healthcare Enterprise Perspective; Lessons Learned from the Medical Homes; Information Technology and Electronic Health Records, and Sustainability and Optimization - Making Medical Home Better. A panel discussion on Future Challenges and Research issues followed the four sessions.

(left to right) Seong K. Mun;

Janice Ragland, M.D., president,

Virginia Academy of Family

Physicians, and Cynda Ann

Johnson, M.D., MBA, president and

founding dean, Virginia Tech

Carilion School of Medicine

Throughout the day, physicians, nurses, practice groups, educators, researchers, and technology providers, shared their experiences in implementing and sustaining a Medical Home. The panelists confirmed that Medical Home care delivery requires resources, technologies, and staff other than those used in traditional care models. They stressed that implementation, satisfactory operations, and long-term sustainability of Medical Home depend on many factors, including financing models, clinical environment, professional commitment, maturity of technology, and business process re-engineering.

Mun said that the Workshop on Medical Home is the inaugural event of the newly formed AIC:HR. "As we prepare to move to the new Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington when it opens next summer, we are planning on convening more conferences and workshops in the building's conference center," he said. "These will highlight and foster collaboration in AIC research areas which include health systems, neuroscience, imaging, informatics and robotics."

Posted July 8, 2010