269244 Using Technology to improve asthma care and communication between health care providers, schools and families

Monday, October 29, 2012

Marty Aleman, MAN, PHN , Healthy Communities (Primary Prevention), Olmsted County Public Health Services, Rochester, MN
Asthma is estimated to occur in 7% of school-age children, although population-based prevalence studies in the Rochester Epidemiology Project have placed this estimate closer to 12%. Among Minnesota children with asthma, more than half had an asthma attack in the past year. School staff, families and healthcare professionals play an important role in helping students with asthma manage their disease at school. The Collaborative Asthma Project in SE Minnesota initiated a collaboration among local health care providers, local public health, and several school districts to identify and manage asthma cases using an asthma action plan that is shared through an exchange by electronic health information system. To continue this initiative, support was provided by SE MN Beacon project, a community-based program that is currently developing a variety of “best practice” approaches to improving health and health care delivery in the United States. Substantial evidence links poorly controlled asthma to poor childhood school performance and attendance and by improving the communication between home, school and health care providers; the student with asthma can experience better care management and health outcomes.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics

Learning Objectives:
1. To describe how to address issues related to asthma management with school age youth using a community engagement approach with parents, schools and health care providers. 2. To describe how the use of improved health informatics systems will promote the use of asthma action plans (AAP) between health care providers, home and schools.

Keywords: Asthma, Health Information Systems

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked as a public health nurse manager for over 14 years and have been actively involved in collaborative efforts to improve asthma management for school age youth. By improving communication between health care providers, schools and home through the use of health information technology, the child's asthma can be significantly improved.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.