Wednesday, February 23, 2011

5 rising trends in health care |

David Stoner notices that his opinion has recently become a lot more important to the staff who treats him at the Dillsburg Family Health Center.

Before, I was pretty passive, just doing what the doctor said. I can tell they are trying to get me more involved,” said the 64-year-old Lower Allen Twp. man who has diabetes.

The Dillsburg Family Health Center, a service of Holy Spirit Health System, is the site for the health system’s first “medical home” — a patient-centered, comprehensive approach to care that coordinates all facets of a patient’s care and medical history. This approach makes patients active participants in treatment decisions and improves communication between a patient’s health care providers.

It’s working for Stoner, who said he now takes his goal of losing weight and exercising more seriously, perhaps because he is the one who came up with it.

The concept of a medical home is one of several emerging trends in medicine as the industry seeks to prepare itself for aging baby boomers, take advantage of cost-effective technology and, ultimately, deliver safer, better care for patients.

Here’s a look at the effects of some of those trends in the midstate.


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