Can we improve quality of care in diabetes clinic through patient-entered electronic health data?

PI: Dr. Ellen Goldbloom

Study contact: [email protected]

Study contact full name: Elias Abou-Assaly

Research Area: Diabetes

Who to contact regarding participating: [email protected]

Lay Summary: Evolving technology and innovation in the management of type 1 diabetes (T1D) has resulted in the collection of a growing number of details from families during their visits. Much of the physician-patient visit is now spent transferring information instead of focusing on actual T1D care. This contributes to increased time pressures in clinic and reduces time available for simple direct human interaction which underpins optimal therapy, resulting in unmet needs for patients, families, and clinicians alike. Information can be collected ahead of time but must still be entered into the clinician’s electronic health record (EHR) documentation tool.

In response, we developed a novel electronic questionnaire (using MyChart® secure patient portal) that allows families to enter information directly into their EHR for review and validation by the clinician. We will evaluate the impact of families’ pre-clinic input of data to the EHR, thus increasing valuable face-to-face clinic time, on patient-reported quality of care, diabetes control and clinic efficiency.

Our findings will be of interest to all those aiming to incorporate essential and comprehensive patient-entered data directly into the EHR, within diabetes care and beyond.