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October 7, 2009

Innovation NetworksA Strategy to Transform Primary Health Care

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.