According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, six in ten US adults have a chronic disease and four in ten US adults have two or more.
For Denise Hynes, BSN, MPH, PhD, RN, professor and sr. research scientist at Oregon State University and the US Department of Veterans Affairs, it’s critical to utilize effective care coordination to improve quality care and reduce costs for individuals living with chronic conditions.
Hynes’ work shows the importance of using informatics to coordinate care within and between healthcare organizations, informing methods for implementing best practices and policies nationwide. For example, Hynes and her team draw upon effective models, like the Collaborative Care Model, but suggest that models like these need to be further operationalized to empower clinicians to provide the right care to any patient.
Why Informatics? So, we can put coordinated care into action by providing the right care at the right time.