The Primary Care–Specialty Care Compact was developed by the Systems of Care/Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative, which seeks to improve systems of care by supporting physicians in becoming medical homes and working with specialists to uplink medical homes into integrated medical neighborhoods. The purpose of the compact is to improve care and build and sustain trusted medical neighborhoods through a defined communication protocol. It specifies key areas of a mutual care management...
The purpose of the Interior Design Manual is to aid in the translation of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Master Specifications into patient-centered design solutions. Design solutions should improve the quality of life and productivity as well as protect the health, safety, and welfare of the veterans, visitors, and staff. Interior design is a major component in establishing and maintaining an environment that is professional, therapeutic, safe, aesthetically pleasing, and...
This Web page from the American College of Physicians (ACP) provides resources to help further develop the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model to integrate with specialty and subspecialty practices.
This model development is being addressed by the Council of Specialty Societies PCMH Workgroup and through collaborative initiatives between ACP and various specialty and subspecialty societies.
Resources include the following:
- ACP position paper...
This guide, for consumer health information technology (IT) developers and companies, provides recommendations on new approaches to health IT design to increase effective use of health IT products. The recommendations for consumer health found in the guide can support decisions through the development process, design, and testing and into commercialization. The guide presents results of an environmental scan, a grey literature review, and expert interviews.
This Web site, for health care providers, offers “how to” resources on using technology to assist care coordination and improve the independence of older adults. The guides range from planning and development to implementation and evaluation in the following four areas:
- Remote patient monitoring
- Medication optimization
- Care transitions
- Mobile health
This report provides recommendations, strategies, and action steps for implementation by policymakers and others to help combat and prevent obesity. It identifies strategies that individually have the greatest potential reach and impact on preventing obesity, based on research evidence and the current level of progress in each area. For each strategy, the report also suggests a set of actions that are likely to make a positive contribution to that strategy's achievement based on research...
This guide, for designers and developers, provides information to help create and design health information technology (IT) applications that are easy to use by consumers to achieve better health at home. For home health care services, the guide assists health professionals on how to select tools to help people manage health concerns, monitor important indicators of their health, and communicate with their formal and informal caregivers.
Topics covered include the following:...
This nationwide program aims to lower blood pressure and prevent hypertension through patient–pharmacist engagement. The videos and resources on this page can help patients, pharmacists, and health care providers better understand high blood pressure and the steps they can take to prevent or treat it.
Resources include the following:
- Blood pressure journal
- Medication tracker wallet card
- Pocket discussion tool
- Drug Adherence Work-up (DRAW ©) tool...
This toolkit is designed to provide health care facilities with a general guide to the implementation of a successful antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP). The goal of an ASP is to manage and ensure the appropriate use of antibiotics, while minimizing resistance to and the costs of antibiotic therapy.
The resources included are intended to provide a basic framework that can be tailored to suit institutions irrespective of the facility’s size, academic teaching status, staffing...
This online collection for clinicians provides tools and resources for use in various departments of migrant and community health centers.
The Toolbox contains sample documents, forms, policies, tools, and protocols that can be adapted to meet the clinic’s needs to help provide quality health care to the underserved.
The Resource Database includes downloadable resources as well as links on a wide variety of primary care issues. It contains links to other organizations...