The previous webinar focused on Patient Engagement and why it has been dubbed the Blockbuster Drug of the 21st Century. The goal of this month’s webinar is to advance the knowledge of the audience in techniques to apply Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) principles to establish or improve patient/family engagement and apply effective enablers. The patient centered medical home is accountable for meeting the large majority of each patient’s physical and mental health care needs, including prevention and wellness, acute care, and chronic care. Providing comprehensive patient centered care requires a team of care providers. This team might include physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, educators, and care coordinators. Although some medical home practices may bring together large and diverse teams of care providers to meet the needs of their patients, many others, including smaller practices, will build virtual teams linking themselves and their patients to providers and services in their communities.
The patient-centered medical home is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into "what patients want it to be." Medical homes can lead to higher quality care at lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ experience of care. NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition is the most widely used way to transform primary care practices into medical homes.
Mark your calendars for an exciting and educational webinar on Patient Centered Medical Homes jointly sponsored by your Northern CA HIMSS chapter, HFMA, and the Bay Area Nursing Informatics Association to be held on February 10, 2016 at 12:00 Noon. The webinar will be conducted by Ms. Kristina Sheridan, scheduled to be one of the primary speakers at our main onsite event in April. Ms. Sheridan is a long-term caregiver and patient advocate with 25 years of experience in systems engineering. Kristina is the department head for the MITRE Enterprise Transition Planning Department and is the principal investigator for a research project focused on empowering patients and providers to partner for the best care.
Ms. Sheridan advocates for creating patient-facing tools and processes to capture patients’ stories and data so that care teams may develop treatment plans that best meet the patients’ goals and needs. Her team has developed an iPad application called “Patient Toolkit” to demonstrate best design practices for collecting, tracking, and sharing active patient-generated health data between appointments and to empower patients to actively partner with their care team. Ms. Sheridan is an experienced speaker and has presented on patient and caregiver engagement in multiple national forums.
Ms. Sheridan has been a trusted advisor to senior government officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Veterans Health Administration. Her specific responsibilities include supporting development of an FDA IT Roadmap to support the Food Safety Modernization Act; the VHA Connected Health Roadmap; and the stand-up of the IT Directorate for the CMS Innovation Center.
Attendees at the Webinar will learn about:
How Patient Engagement supports PCMH principles and Population Health Management
How increased patient engagement in PCMH’s supports value based care
HER real world experiences in engaging patients with their health and care activities
Successful models of IT enablers to promote patient engagement and empowerment