Healthcare delivery models are undergoing fundamental transformation, with collaborative-care programs emerging as an alternative to the current fee-for-service model. This evolution is driving medical providers to coordinate their care more effectively through a discipline known as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), where each patients care design has unique goal and health improvement targets known as health outcomes. The concept of community-based collaborative care, dubbed an accountable care organization, and the PCMH are introduced in the HITECH section of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Achieving such a high degree of synchronization and accountability is dependent on the industry's ability to enable a more robust flow of health information. That is why the electronic health record has become such a central component of these efforts. True healthcare reform and accountable care are much bigger and broader than the physician/patient relationship and the technology that comes with these care models.
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