Background of Primary Care Networks and Patient Medical Homes
Across BC, divisions of family practice, health authorities and community partners are working to establish primary care networks (PCNs).
A PCN is a clinical network of local primary care service providers located in a geographical area, with patient medical homes (PMHs) as the foundation. A PCN is enabled by a partnership between divisions of family practice and health authorities.
In a PCN, physicians (via patient medical homes,) other primary care providers, allied health care providers, health authority service providers, and community organizations work together to provide all the primary care services a local population requires. Together, they:
- Enhance patient care using a team-based approach to care.
- Support each other and work to their strengths.
- Further link patients to other parts of the system, including the health authority’s specialized community services programs for vulnerable patient groups (eg. frail elderly, mental health and substance use).
- Collectively increase a community’s capacity to provide greater access to primary care for people without a primary care provider.