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Dong-Yun Kim receives grant for Patient-Centered Medical Home pilot study


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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, April 15, 2011 – Virginia Tech’s Arlington Innovation Center: Health Research in the College of Science has awarded a grant to Dong-Yun Kim, assistant professor, Department of Statistics, to conduct a pilot study for Patient-Centered Medical Home assessment. 

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a newly emerging model for primary care, delivering personalized, coordinated services to patients. This new model depends on extensive use of electronic medical record and re-engineering of work processes.

Kim says she plans to take a data-driven approach to develop a conceptual framework to facilitate the assessment. In this pilot study she will catalogue the list of available clinical data from PCMHs; identify key instruments that may help measure the outcome of PCMH; summarize and describe identified instruments using visual and descriptive statistical tools; recommend additional instruments if necessary; and outline several strategies suitable for outcomes assessment.  

“The conversions of primary care practices to certified Patient-Centered Medical Home are costly investments to improve the quality and outcome of care. This research will help Carilion to deliver the best possible primary care throughout the region,” said Seong K. Mun, professor and director of the Arlington Innovation Center, which will soon be housed in the new  Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington.  “Dong-Yun’s pilot study could also lead to full-scale proposals for Patient-Centered Medical Home assessment to external granting agencies and serve as groundwork for Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program application within Virginia Tech."

The PCMH is a strategically important innovation of Carilion Clinic, a national leader in health information technology and innovation in health services. Research collaboration between the Arlington Innovation Center and the PCMH was launched last year under the sponsorship of Dr. Ed Murphy, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic; Drs. Tim Beirne, Howard Graman, Steve Morgan, and Anthony Stavola; and John Wendland, all of Carilion.

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