Primary Care, Everywhere: Connecting the Dots Across the Emerging Health Landscape

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, THINK-Health

New models of care delivery are evolving in response to economic pressures, physician shortages, access barriers, and patient preferences. Six innovations seek to extend primary care, everywhere.

November 2011

The next few years of health care reform in the United States will see the influx of millions of new patients searching for care. Primary care providers will be in the best position to deliver that care, but not enough of them exist to meet present, let alone future, demand.

An Interview with Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

In this brief interview Jane Sarasohn-Kahn defines "community-based health care" and discusses how to connect with patients where they live, work, play, and pray.

In response to this unmet need, some innovative providers have begun to extend their services, delivering primary care more broadly across their communities through a combination of:

  • Leveraging technology to broaden access to health information and care outside traditional office hours
  • Reorganizing teams to deliver care inside and outside traditional settings
  • Expanding touch points for patients through a widespread network of locations
  • Reimagining what belongs under the umbrella of primary care

This paper explores the current limits of primary care in the US, looks at illustrative models that deliver primary care in a variety of settings, identifies barriers to innovation, and outlines prospects for the future.

The complete publication is available as a Document Download.

Note: A correction was made on page 8 to a reference to medical assistants and registered and licensed vocational nurses. Due to the way the sentence was edited, it gave the impression that medical assistants and nurses are interchangeable in terms of their training. 

Reader Comments

This is a thought provoking piece in terms of new innovations in primary care. I think another piece that might be followed up on is the role of specialty care providers, who are being integrated into primary care system in leading health organizations (see my blog post linked below). Thanks again, CHCF and Jane Sarasohn-Kahn!

Ted Eytan, MD
Washington, DC

http://www.tedeytan.com/2011/11/12/9342