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Overview

Through the data validation process, valuable information is gained that can then be used to improve performance around patient care or quality of care metrics.  Improving quality performance may take the form of improving data collection processes, better identifying patients who need additional interventions, or decreasing missed opportunities to provide patients appropriate interventions, among other possibilities. This section includes guidance on leveraging Health IT to improve quality performance including change packages for recommended approaches related to various quality of care measures.

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Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers

Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers

Promising Practices and Lessons Learned: January 2019

In the Fall of 2018, the HITEQ Center interviewed ten health centers and health center partners to identify solutions and promising practices for addressing childhood obesity across the health center program. The focus included how health centers are meeting the Uniform Data System (UDS) measure, Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents (CMS155v6), and how they are taking further steps to identify and intervene with those at risk of obesity by leveraging health information technology, electronic health records, and resulting data. Seven key areas of improvement from interviews are identified in the resulting issue brief:

  • Key 1. Embed Needed Data Capture in Workflow
  • Key 2. Implement Successful Monitoring to Support Decision Making
  • Key 3. Understand the Evidence Base
  • Key 4. Identify Key Data and Metrics
  • Key 5. Target Interventions Appropriately
  • Key 6. Consider Alternative Appointment Types and Locations
  • Key 7. Create Comprehensive, Accessible Interventions

     

* Download the issue brief below to see health center examples, related research, and health IT tools for each of these keys.

** The HITEQ Center is developing an Excel-based tool called the Child and Adolescent Weight Assessment and Counselling Data Validation Tool which will be available soon, along with assistance on using it. Please contact us if you are interested in this resource: hiteqinfo@jsi.com.

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Intended AudienceHealth Center Clinicians, Health Center Quality Improvement Staff, Health Center Case Managers

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This resource collection was compiled by the HITEQ Center staff with guidance from HITEQ Advisory Committee members and collaborators of the HITEQ Center.

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