Hypertension, or high blood pressure (HBP), affects one in every three American adults (approximately 75 million people) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Approximately 65 percent of people over age 60 are affected by hypertension.
Telligen—the QIN-QIO serving Colorado, Iowa and Illinois—aims to reduce the burden of HBP on beneficiaries by innovating effective improvement strategies to lead large-scale changes to care structures. To this end, in 2016, Telligen encouraged clinics throughout its three-state region to join the Improving Health Outcomes: Blood Pressure (IHOBP) program, which is now known as Target: BP and run by the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association.
The IHOBP program was a 10-month educational series that kicked off in January 2016, providing clinicians and caregivers with evidence-based tools and resources to implement a successful blood pressure management system. The program goals were centered on helping teams identify opportunities for improvement while implementing the M.A.P. framework – Measure accurately, Act rapidly, Partner with patients, families and communities.
The program included educational podcasts, webinars and other resources for participants to implement each month, all of which Telligen included on its website. Telligen also convened monthly sharing calls that gave participants opportunities to discuss successes and challenges experienced over the course of the previous month.
Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, Illinois decided to join the IHOBP program after reading about it in Telligen’s newsletter, “Telligen Weekly Digest” – a weekly bulletin for care providers listing upcoming health care quality improvement educational opportunities. Kishwaukee Hospital’s Community Wellness Department implemented information from the program into its weekly blood pressure clinic screenings. The program helped the clinics meet their goal of putting the patient first and providing the best possible care.
Kishwaukee’s Community Wellness Department was named one of Telligen’s first AMA “Blood Pressure Champions” – an award granted upon completion of the IHOBP program. Due to the program’s success, the hospital hopes to share it with private practices throughout the KishHealth System. KishHealth also purchased five new automated blood pressure machines through the American Heart Association website that were recommended to them by program participants.
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If you are interested in learning more about the Target: BP or would like to join the Weekly Digest email list, contact Lyndsay Fluharty at firstname.lastname@example.org.