Improving Health Outcomes Event Provides Useful Information

The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO) was pleased to co-sponsor an event in June presented by the American Medical Association (AMA), Johns Hopkins University, and the Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG). Nurses and physicians attended the event and learned about evidence-based best practices to improve blood pressure (BP) control of their patients. During the four-hour immersion, participants learned about the core elements, key tools, resources, and case studies that highlight successful implementation of best practices. 

The AMA is working with the Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the Johns Hopkins Center (JHC) to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities to improve care for patients by developing and spreading a model for better detection and management of high blood pressure, both in the clinic and in the community. To accomplish this goal, the AMA and JHC have developed a quality improvement program focused on patients with hypertension, including a series of monthly podcasts. Participating in this program can help ambulatory practices engage care teams and patients in efforts to improve blood pressure control. The HSAG, the QIN-QIO in Ohio, has partnered with the AMA-JHM, because part of their 11th statement of work is to improve cardiac health and reduce cardiac healthcare disparities. 

This event served as a kickoff to a curriculum for the Improving Health Outcomes: Blood Pressure (IHO: BP) program. IHO: BP was created to engage primary care teams in achieving optimal BP control. For more information about this program click here.



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