Adopting Health IT to Manage Chronic Conditions

We help clinicians successfully adopt health IT, leading to better and more efficient treatment of chronic conditions like hypertension.

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Overview

Altarum partnered with the state of Michigan to bring about wider adoption of health IT. The partnership focused on getting larger numbers of clinicians in the state to use technology to identify and manage two chronic conditions—hypertension and diabetes.

Our Approach

Our primary role involved training clinicians across the state on how to adopt and use IT to improve care of chronic conditions. We provided in-person training, EHR optimization, and an online resource of tools and best practices. Most clinicians receive only a basic training on how to use health IT. Our rigorous training, which gives IT administrators and clinicians the support they need at every stage, ensures improved adoption rates and, subsequently, improved patient outcomes.

Results

To date, Altarum has engaged more than 30 medical clinics with more than 150 clinicians in this work. These clinics have seen as much as a 12 percent increase in blood pressure control and, overall, have seen a 36 percent increase in adequately controlled diabetes. Additionally, the project has resulted in a 9 percent increase in the identification of hypertension and a 21 percent increase in the identification of prediabetes.

Adopting Health IT to Manage Chronic Conditions Contact

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Bruce Maki

Project Manager, Appropriate Care

Areas of Expertise
  • Health IT Adoption
  • EHR Incentive Programs
  • Health Information Exchange

As a subject matter expert in the rules and regulations pertaining to Medicare and Medicaid Value-based Reimbursement Programs, Bruce is responsible for designing and delivering educational sessions and resources on these programs, focusing primarily on the use of health information technology to achieve program goals. Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL.