Submission #14666

Improve Care Now
Harohalli Shashidhar MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology at Elliot Hospital
Inflammatory bowel disease ( Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis) in pediatric age group
children and youth with special health care needs, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary age children, tweens, & teenagers
Improve Care Now Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) Alliance for Pediatric Quality (APRQ) American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
ImproveCareNow launched in January 2007 and has demonstrated substantial improvements in the care of pediatric Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The primary goals of ImproveCareNow for doctors and other care providers are: Provide the best care possible for patients with these conditions Get more of your patients in remission, reduce their symptoms and improve their nutrition and growth Determine if there are gaps between ImproveCareNow Model IBD Care and the care that your patients are receiving, and to help you to close those gaps
Practice setting and hospital setting
Nationwide statistics 80% of IBD children are in remission 87 care centers in US care for 765 pediatric GI specialists caring for 24,600 children with IBD Our center at Elliot Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology has a remission rate has been 85%
Access to national database and model care guidelines will help us improve and standardize the care of our children with Inflammatory bowel disease. Training and exposure to quality improvement initiatives, Plan Do Study and Act projects afford us opportunity to reassess our current model, analyze and improve. Community conferences twice a year brings researchers, clinicians and patients and families together to discuss ways to co-opt improvements in care of children with IBD