It’s summer in South Australia but the sky is dark and cloudy as I type. I can hear rain on the roof and see the branches swaying outside. I’m inside though – warm, snug, and safe. I’m home. We have the concept of the Patient Centred Medical Home as well – better for patient care and safety. You can read more about this here, and at length here:

The PCMH is ‘a family physician’s practice in the information age’.
It combines the traditional core values of family medicine – providing
comprehensive, coordinated, integrated, quality care that is easily
accessible and based on an ongoing relationship between patient
and physician – with new practice tools such as health information
technology. It recognises that effective medical care requires an
organised practice team effort. Care requires that all members of the
practice team explicitly recognise their role in achieving effective
patient care and work to their maximum capability. The team must
coordinate their efforts and communicate regularly.

The PCMH utilises an electronic health record to help physicians
manage populations of patients through the use of registries and to
improve quality of care with electronic decision support applications
and patient care reminder systems. Secure electronic patient ‘portals’
will allow patients to asynchronously communicate with their physician
via email, schedule appointments, access their test results, and pay
their bills online. Online self management aids and personalised
educational materials can help patients take responsibility for their own
care. Health information technology can help practices organise patient
care data in ways that optimise the delivery of preventive health care
services and the management of chronic diseases.

Dr Edwin Kruys talks a bit more about Medical Homes here:

A Health Care Home (HCH) is not a place but a partnership between a patient, their GP and the primary care team. Health Care Homes are general practices and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services that coordinate the ongoing comprehensive care of patients with chronic and complex conditions.

AJGP Research Thomas HCH and WPC figure 1

I personally find all of this a little dry and so I was very happy to listen to the fantastic Dr Jas Saini of Rosedale Medical Practice talk passionately and well about this topic with Peter Birch of Talking Health Tech. Listen to the whole podcast here. This is definitely the direction PartridgeGP is heading in and the future looks very bright indeed!

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now with new vaccines here to END the pandemic. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

Better, for you.

Want more?

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For everyone, we believe that having a usual GP or General Practice is central to each person’s care and recommend that people with any health issues that come to the attention of other health professionals should be advised to attend their usual GP or General Practice rather than a specialised service (ie a place not providing the holistic care a specialist GP would).   If  they say that they don’t have a usual GP or general practice, they should be helped to find one and to actually attend it. Call PartridgeGP on 82953200 or make an appointment online here.

(Hat tip: Dr Oliver Frank)

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If you are a great GP or a great Allied Health Professional, and you want to serve your clients or patients to the best of your ability, without worrying about all the non clinical things that get in your way, lets talk. Call Mrs Hayley Roberts on 8295 3200 and have a coffee and chat with us as to how PartridgeGP can help you to help others.

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