Interprofessional Collaborative Practice at the PATH Clinic
DHHS - Health Resources and Services Administration, Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR)
This project builds on an existing collaboration between the SON and M-POWER Ministries to provide healthcare to underserved and uninsured patients in Jefferson County. M-POWER Ministries has operated free medical clinics as well as other services in an area of high need in Birmingham since 1999. In 2011, UABSON established a Nurse Managed Center providing primary care and long term management of chronic conditions as well as acute care within this existing facility. The purpose of this project is to implement an innovative interprofessional collaborative practice model and at the same time expand the UABSON primary care clinics from four to eighteen hours each week. The team-based practice is composed of providers from nursing, social work, nutrition, optometry, medicine and informatics and health information management. Team members will be guided in learning to work together by an interprofessional coach, Dr. Larry Hearld from the School of Health Professions. In addition, team cohesion will be fostered through the use of daily team huddles and post-clinic conferences.
Another important component of the project involves the integration of electronic medical records between M-POWER and UAB referring providers. This will be accomplished by including UAB faculty specialists in informatics and health information management. These experts will ultimately create interporfessional patient dashboards and chronic disease registries within the electronic medical record system to assist in providing the best possible care for the patients.
This project will combine interprofessional practice and state of the art technology in a Chronic Care model of disease management to provide high quality free care to a population in need..