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Virtual HIV Care Teams in a Rural Setting
Hynes D, Young A, Ohl M, Houston T, Goldstein M. Virtual HIV Care Teams in a Rural Setting. Presented at: American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium; 2013 Nov 17; Washington, DC.
This panel focuses on the use and impact of health information technology (HIT) to address complex care
within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We highlight specific HIT approaches, including innovative
and interactive uses of the VA's electronic health record, databases, and information systems; personal health
record; and applications of automated systems for intervention, evaluation, and tracking patient care. Examples
include patient-facing, health care team-facing and health system-facing technologies to support clinical care with
systematic research-based evaluations. These processes demonstrate both the innovation and synergy of a range
of HIT approaches in dynamic health care settings developed for patients, health care teams, and managers.
Attendees will: 1) Become familiar with the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) and the role
of informatics in advancing the program's impact; 2) Learn about a range of innovative patient-facing, health
care team-facing and health system-facing technologies to support clinical care; and 3) Understand the value of
systematic evaluation of health information technologies and how research and clinical care can be synergistic in
advancing healthcare quality.
We hope that this material stimulates systematic application of innovative HIT in health care within and beyond
the VA. Panelists Description: The VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) utilizes a range of health
information technology (HIT) approaches to support clinical care with systematic research-based evaluations.
Dr. Hynes will provide an overview of the VA QUERI and HIT approaches, and panelists will highlight the use
of these technologies to advance complex care within the VA. 1) Mental Health-QUERI: Patient-Facing Kiosks
- Alexander S. Young, MD, MSHS Using innovative patient facing kiosks, data were captured directly from
Veterans at 4 healthcare centers in 3 states. Dr. Young will discuss how these data supported implementation of
timely, evidence-based services compared with usual care, and improved weight, employment, treatment, and
outcomes. 2) HIV/Hepatitis QUERI: Telehealth Strategies in SCAN-ECHO - Michael Ohl, MD, MSPH Focused on
geographically dispersed providers caring for veterans with HIV infection in a rural setting, Project SCAN ECHO
allows for specialists to electronically connect with primary care providers in rural and remote locations. Dr. Ohl
will discuss integration of telehealth and use of population registries to support clinical collaboration.