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Children's and Its Physicians Join Forces With Insurers to Accelerate Transformation of Pediatric Care to a More Effective and Efficient Health Care Delivery System
Date:11/4/2009

nuous, data-driven quality improvement, including appropriate utilization and potential cost savings, and will quickly spread to other pediatric and adult care delivery," says James Lock, MD, chief of Cardiology and one of the architects of the pioneering approach.

Integrated Care Models

Currently, efforts to improve collaboration between pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists are underway. This is a crucial element of the primary care model known as the family-centered Medical Home, in which a primary care provider typically works in partnership with families to coordinate care for their children. The fund will expand and accelerate implementation pilots to improve access, communication, and optimal utilization of resources across an integrated system which includes primary care physicians, specialists and hospital, with a particular focus on coordinating care for children and youth with complex and chronic conditions.

Next Generation Information Technology

Advanced information systems are essential to the health care delivery system and are a critical component of Children's strategy moving forward. In addition to the complicated systems needed for SCAMPs, the hospital has developed the first patient-controlled health record fed by two separate health care providers (pediatricians and specialists) giving patients a more complete and comprehensive view of their medical information.

"The complexity and uniqueness of pediatric care compared to adult care requires an extra level of effort to measure and improve quality," said Kathy Jenkins, MD, chief quality and safety officer at Children's. "By creating a common platform for discussion in Massachusetts with all major payers, we should make significant progress in improving quality and effectiveness of care while contributing to the state's position as a health care 'learning laboratory' for the rest of the nation."

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