Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine has become a powerful tool in maintaining patient access to healthcare without the increased risks of an in-person visit. In order to prepare health care learners to this new type of patient encounter, an interprofessional educational opportunity was created using a model of an "IPE Huddle" and participation in a telemedicine based transitions of care clinic with focus on improved post-hospitalization outcomes.
Teams of learners meet monthly for an "IPE Huddle" on-site at the University Health System's Transition of Care Clinic. During their time on-site, learners are educated about the role of telemedicine in healthcare, the roles and responsibilities of each team member, and the function of the transition from the acute to the ambulatory care setting. Learners then review patient cases and develop care plans to prepare for a subsequent virtual visit with the patient.
Students complete pre and post encounter surveys about telemedicine and the ICAAS Survey to measure interprofessional competency following the encounter. Patient outcomes are being measured, including clinical endpoints and financial impact of the initiative. The impact has been overwhelmingly positive, including measures such as increased vaccinations, decreased HgA1c, and decreased out-of-pocket costs for patients.
This talk will explain how an interprofessional team of faculty and staff completed the Nexus Innovation Challenge in 2021 to develop this IPE model of care. The discussion will including the planning, implementation, and future plans for this initiative.