We met in the summer of 2010 when we were each approached and asked to participate in a research project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The objective of the project was to develop an information model of the patient centered medical home (PCMH). Of particular interest to AHRQ was understanding the various interactions and information flows that took place between a patient and the PCMH and the PCMH and other members of its extended ecosystem.
Steven, in his role of Director of the Center for Health Information Technology of the American Academy of Family Practitioners served as the principal investigator on the project. Bob, in his role of Vice President of Professional Services at Mosaica Partners, served as methodologist and the primary consultant on the development of the information model framework; including interaction and information modeling techniques and tools.
Our work was highly collaborative and was both guided and reviewed by an expert advisory panel representing key healthcare community stakeholders including: providers, patients, employers, health plans, policy makers and health IT vendors. The research project was completed in August 2011 and the results of our research were submitted to AHRQ.
After the AHRQ project concluded, we decided to continue, on our own, additional research into aspects of healthcare information models, interactions and information flows. In April 2012, we established New Health Networks to coordinate our continuing research activities and to manage the coordination and dissemination of the results of our research.
In 2013, we launched The CURE ProjectSM to draw attention to the need for better quality health IT systems that efficiently and effectively captured, updated, reported and exchange (CURE) health information.
The CURE ProjectSM is a community service project of New Health Networks, LLC