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News spotlight: Nursing pilot program focuses on patient engagement

Nurse Leader Insider, February 6, 2012

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Horizon Healthcare Solutions (HHI), Duke University School of Nursing, and Rutgers University College of Nursing have combined efforts to create a program to train nurses to become population care coordinators in New Jersey hospitals. The role is intended to work with patients to improve coordinated follow-up and preventative care. HHI funds the training program, a 12-week course that blends face-to-face sessions with online instruction.

HHI launched a pilot program last year with eight primary-care practices, which has since grown to include 23 practices and thousands of patients. Nurses acting as population care coordinators reach out to patients whose medical records reveal missed appointments or overdue procedures, and encourage those patients to receive regular preventative care. HHI intends to continue developing the information gathered from the pilot practices to further improve and expand the program.

Source:NJ Spotlight



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