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Empowering Healthcare Providers to Become Influenza-Immunization Champions
While many of us are aware of the impact of the influenza disease, its burden on older adults (especially those living with chronic-health conditions), and its impact on racial-and-ethnic minority groups; the challenge of turning a vaccine into a vaccination remains a challenge. Dr. John Russell will discuss how health systems and health-care providers can effectively engage in influenza vaccinations efforts by making strong immunization recommendations and responding to patient concerns.
Reducing Flu Vaccine Disparities
Laura Lee Hall, Ph.D., President, Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity, National Minority Quality Forum
People from racial and ethnic minority groups experience higher rates of severe influenza illness, with disparities in hospitalization rates, intensive care unit admission rates, and in-hospital death rates (more details available here). To help combat this, it is important to increase vaccination rates among minority groups that have historically had lower rates of flu vaccination. The presenters will discuss the implementation of this program on the ground at Kelsey-Seybold.
A Healthcare System's Standardized Approach to Identify Barriers and Solutions to Provide Concordant Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Care
Charles Medico, Pharm.D., BCPS, Senior Director, Therapeutic Area Lead, Cardiovascular Internal Medicine, Field Medical Outcomes & Analytics, Pfizer Medical Affars
Evan White Pharm.D., Implementation Science and Pharmacoanalytics Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
As health systems continue to seek to improve quality of care, today's workforce shortages can hinder efforts. Given that literature suggests that it takes 17 years to turn original research into the benefit of patient care, there is a compelling need to expedite this process now more than ever.1 Implementation Science seeks to improve the quality of health care delivery by closing this gap of 'what we know versus what we do.'
Learn directly from UPMC project leads who sought to accelerate the uptake of AF guidelines into routine clinical practice by using Implementation Science to systematically implement an EHR-enabled, guideline-based AF pathway in the emergency department, which may improve outcomes in patients with AF.
This example may provide an understanding of how Implementation Science was used to identify barriers and solutions to increase adherence to AF guidelines. The speakers will share learnings and associated challenges when initiating and implementing the solutions at UPMC.
Targeted Tech, Magnified Effect: Leveraging Digital and Technology Optimizations to Increase Cancer Screening Rates
Katie Lawrence, M.H.A., CMPE, Executive Director, Ambulatory Optimization & Integration, Prisma Health Medical Group
Kaitlyn May, M.B.A., Population Health Supervisor, Yale New Haven Health - Northeast Medical Group
Durado D. Brooks, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Screening, Exact Sciences
Early cancer detection is a key component of health systems’ prevention capabilities and population health initiatives. With many competing priorities, it’s critical to take the friction out of screening to get as many patients screened as possible. Across the country, health systems of all sizes and scopes are taking advantage of digital capabilities and health information technology optimizations to increase screening rates, improve patient experience, reduce provider burnout and meet quality metrics. Join this session to learn directly from health system leaders who will outline opportunities and key success factors on how to target tech-based solutions for a magnified effect on improving CRC screening rates.
Driving Population Health Outcomes with Connected Continuous Glucose Monitors
An estimated 34 million Americans have diabetes, and approximately 90-95% of these individuals have type 2 diabetes (T2D). Diabetes is associated with premature mortality and imposes higher costs of care, estimated in 2017 at $327 billion. Real-time continuous glucose monitoring (RT-CGM) can help improve glycemic management in the T2D population and can be associated with a reduction in medical-related costs. This presentation will address why A1C is a population health metric that is insufficient for optimal diabetes care as well as highlight the digital health partnership capabilities of RT-CGM which demonstrates favorable health outcomes in the T2D population. Join the webinar and learn how the Dexcom G6 can help your patients improve their health and glycemic outcomes.
Continuous Glucose Monitors to Improve A1c Control in Primary Care Patients
Stephen Shields, M.P.H., Lead Population Health Research Analyst, AMGA
Amy Woodfin, Medical Office Assistant, Piedmont HealthCare
Partially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, patients have demonstrated increasing interest in addressing health care issues from their homes, through telehealth visits with their doctors, or home-based screening, testing, or monitoring devices. Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) help patients self-manage their diabetes from home. This presentation will address a professional practice gap in knowledge about the broader use of CGMs in primary care patients with type 2 diabetes, addressing patient preference for home-based self-management technology, as well as a broader application of CGMs, i.e., prior to insulin therapy initiation.
Upon completion of this session, participants will have a better understanding of the benefits of using CGMs in patients with type 2 diabetes prior to initiation of insulin therapy, how CGM use can be expanded in primary care, including details on workflow and implementation processes, and the patient experience of using a device that empowers diabetes self-management from home.