March 2016.

Professor Kevin Grumbach says a new model of primary care was needed.

Professor Kevin Grumbach says a new model of primary care was needed.

Professor Kevin Grumbach, a family physician and a founding director of the Centre for Excellence in Primary Care at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, addressed a recent symposium hosted by the Hospital Alliance for Research Collaboration (HARC) and the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) at the University of NSW.

“The 20th Century model of primary care was not working in the 21st century. The model needed to change,” he said.

Professor Jennifer DeVoe, a family physician and service researcher at Oregon Health and Science University, also gave a presentation and told the symposium that once patient-centred medical homes were established, networks of such “homes” could serve as data laboratories, or real-world “community laboratories”, to aggregate data that could be used to improve both practice and population health.

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