“Use your powers for good” is the mantra of Sarah Woolsey, MD, medical director of HealthInsight Utah, who has successfully deployed health IT to control hypertension in her patients.
Woosley and Christopher Tashjian--a medical director who has made significant inroads in managing hypertension in rural Wisconsin clinics--shared their successes in combatting hypertension through health IT practices during a Feb. 22 webinar presented by the Human Resources and Services Administration.
Woolsey outlined specific EHR approaches that enabled Utah Beacon Community providers to achieve a 10 percent improvement in hypertension levels for 2,000 patients, of whom 99 percent is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
“We were surprised with that result,” she said, noting that the efforts showed providers the benefits of implementing better IT practices in managing population health.
Practices included the development of registries, patient lists and reminders; the creation of templates that capture data accurately and alert staff on all requirements; and smart clinical support tools inclusive of reminders, alerts and flow sheets.