The Consumer Partnership for eHealth, a coalition of advocacy organizations, has issued a framework for CarePlans 2.0, a next generation of health and care plans that embeds patient-centered principles in an electronic environment to improve communication and foster better outcomes.

Today’s care plans are often static, focus on coordination between providers, and don’t provide the coordination, tools and flexibility that patients need to adequately comply, according to the coalition. CarePlans 2.0 includes a call for future stages of the electronic health records meaningful use program to include consumer-oriented technical functions to support care planning, as well as alternative ways for providers to view what a care plan should look like. “To achieve robust and effective planning and communication, we must move beyond our mental construct of a care plan as a document fixed in time, to a multidimensional, person-centered health and care planning process built on a dynamic, electronic platform.”

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