Lightning Talk

Transforming Primary Care Clinics for Age-Friendly Care Via Implementing a 4Ms Smartset in EMR

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

The population of people aged 65 years and older is expected to grow from 43.1 million in 2012 to an estimated 83.7 million by 2050 in the United States. Older people are more likely to develop health conditions that require complex care, age-specific screening, assessment, and management strategies. However, primary care clinics within the United States are not yet prepared to meet these age-specific health care needs. The Age-Friendly Health System was introduced by the John A Hartford Foundation, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), American Hospital Association (AHA), and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) in 2017, and aims to implement an essential set of evidence-based practices; cause no harm; and align with what matters to the older adults and their caregivers. The Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) is a five-year project funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). A primary goal of the GWEP program is to transform primary care clinical training and practice sites to provide Age-Friendly care. The 4Ms smartset was designed based on the Age-Friendly Health System 4Ms framework to address four evidence-based strategies that related to what matters, medication, mentation, and mobility. This 4Ms smartset will be piloted at the Smiley’s M Health Fairview Clinic, a community clinic associated with the University of Minnesota, for 65 and older patients who visit the clinic for routine checks between June to August. 4Ms smartset and implementation methods will be modified based on feedback and results that are collected after the piloting. Transitioning the primary care to Age-Friendly Health System by implementing the 4Ms smartset on EMR is a distinctive movement in primary care. Data will be collected three months after the implementation of the 4Ms smartset and the results will be shared in the Lightning Talk.