As the cost of healthcare rises, many agree the focus should be centered on the cost of care. One model that is being discussed in the Medical Home Model also known as patient-centered medical home model. This model rewards physician for keeping patients health and out of the hospital.
The concept of the medical home has been kicked around for over forty years. The flavor the is currently being debated requires that both patients and primary care physician educate themselves. Regarding how this program would benefit all parties involved. Technology is a primary reason that even now this model could be implemented.
A key to the success of this program is keeping patients highly involved in their care. One online resource that facilities patient engagement is howsyourhealth.org. This website educates patients and allows them to fill out an online health survey that becomes a starting point for their electronic health records. The website does not look like a web 2.0 site or for that matter a professional website that you would expect to see in 2009. However, over 100,00 people have used this site to provide medical information to their doctors. 695 of the users of this website are female, and 33% of the sites users are over 50 years old.
While much debate will continue around this model, patients will continue to have an active role in the management of their healthcare and the Internet will become the hub for both patients and physicians to exchange information.