Policy statement - Health information technology and the medical home

George R. Kim, William Zurhellen, Joseph H. Schneider, Eugenia Marcus, Mark A. Del Beccaro, Kristin A. Benson, Donna M. D'Alessandro, Willa H. Drummond, Eric G. Handler, Michael G. Leu, Gregg C. Lund, Alan E. Zuckerman

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports development and universal implementation of a comprehensive electronic infrastructure to support pediatric information functions of the medical home. These functions include (1) timely and continuous management and tracking of health data and services over a patient's lifetime for all providers, patients, families, and guardians, (2) comprehensive organization and secure transfer of health data during patient-care transitions between providers, institutions, and practices, (3) establishment and maintenance of central coordination of a patient's health information among multiple repositories (including personal health records and information exchanges), (4) translation of evidence into actionable clinical decision support, and (5) reuse of archived clinical data for continuous quality improvement. The AAP supports universal, secure, and vendor-neutral portability of health information for all patients contained within the medical home across all care settings (ambulatory practices, inpatient settings, emergency departments, pharmacies, consultants, support service providers, and therapists) for multiple purposes including direct care, personal health records, public health, and registries. The AAP also supports financial incentives that promote the development of information tools that meet the needs of pediatric workflows and that appropriately recognize the added value of medical homes to pediatric care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)978-982
Number of pages5
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2011


  • Data
  • Electronic health record
  • Health information technology
  • Medical home
  • Medical record
  • Pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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