Practice transformation, in the context of medical home, starts with forming a medical home improvement team.
Teamwork involves a set of skilled cross-disciplinary interactions that are learned, practiced, and refined to provide better health care services, promote safety, and enhance outcomes.
Highly functioning teams are made up of those on the “front lines of care,” they engage family partners, have the capacity to test changes quickly, and possess the resilience to deal with the complexities of primary care. Additionally, successful teams require support from leaders in multiple areas of practice management such as administration, finance, and information technology. Parent/family advocates are essential members of any medical home improvement team.
Supported teams are able to gain practice wide buy-in for their improvement innovations and other procedural changes, which ensures success.
Teamwork is the foundation for effective medical home improvement.