Diabetes Planned Visits—Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Each of the four pilot sites adapted the basic concepts underlying the planned visit approach to meet the unique needs of the team and patient population. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center's approach follows.
Diabetes Planned Visits
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Developing the Chronic Disease Management group, along with involving residents in planning and conducting plan-do-study-act cycles, were major elements underlying the
Vanderbilt University Medical Center's approach to planned diabetes visits.
As the process outline below indicates, the Diabetes Dashboard provided physicians with updated "just-in-time" patient data through laptop computers in the exam room.
The Planned Diabetes Visit includes the following process:
- The Patient Care Technician (PCT) asks the patient at check-in if he or she has diabetes.
- If the patient is diabetic, the PCT alerts the nurse, who prepares a form that provides HbA1c levels, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and reminders about foot and eye exams. (Select for Vanderbilt University Medical Center's ABC Form).
- The nurse performs a mandatory diabetes foot exam and reviews medicines with the patient, entering the data into the electronic medical record.
- The physician reviews the patient's updated "just-in-time" information on the Diabetes Dashboard and collaborates with the patient on setting or managing self-improvement goals.
When the visit concludes, a member of the staff makes three copies of the form:
- One copy is given to the patient as a reminder of his or her progress and what was discussed during the clinic visit. The copy also serves as a reminder to the patient of his or her health goals for the next week.
- One copy is sent to the Chronic Disease Management Group that will contact the patient in a week to check the patient's progress with the goal.
- The third copy is scanned into the patient's electronic medical record as a record of the visit's discussions and is filed.
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