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October 7, 2009

Innovation NetworksA Strategy to Transform Primary Health Care

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Center for Health Care Quality, Division of Health Policy and Clinical Effectiveness, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (Dr Margolis); and Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities and Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine, and Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, and Department of Public Policy, School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles (Dr Halfon).

JAMA. 2009;302(13):1461-1462. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1428

Upgrading primary care is key to realizing the promise of health care reform to improve access and quality while reducing costs. Promising models, such as the patient-centered medical home and new measurement systems for detecting better population outcomes, require primary care clinicians to develop innovative ways of organizing care. Because new and improved approaches are not easily transplanted directly into practice, transforming primary health care will be virtually impossible without a system for innovating, testing, and providing what works. Primary health care innovation networks can accelerate primary care transformation by harnessing the collective intelligence and motivation of the medical community.

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