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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Check Out OCHIN Resources to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

By Erica Edwards, QI Content Writer

In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to highlight resources available exclusively to OCHIN members to support colorectal cancer prevention. As of March 20, Site Specialists are now able to create Crowd accounts to make it easier for end-users to access these member resources on Ella, OCHIN’s Learning Management System:

 
Excerpt from the   Clinical Romero Colorectal Cancer Screening Case Study, Part 2

Excerpt from the Clinical Romero Colorectal Cancer Screening Case Study, Part 2

 

Join us at the 2019 OCHIN Learning Forum for a live discussion with OCHIN members Dr. Guisela Juarez, Quality Director at Clinica Romero in Los Angeles, California, and Meg Bowen, Quality Director at Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise, Oregon, about innovations in colorectal cancer screening developed in their clinics that moved this metric and helped save lives.

 
Nolan the Colon is an outreach tool Winding Waters Clinic uses to raise community awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening.

Nolan the Colon is an outreach tool Winding Waters Clinic uses to raise community awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening.

 

OCHIN CRC Screening Tools in Development

Coming soon: OCHIN Interactive CRC Screening Decision Tree

A cross-disciplinary OCHIN team, in partnership with OCHIN members, is creating an interactive visual CRC screening decision tree tool to walk members through the many considerations involved in implementing a sustainable, successful CRC screening program for average-risk patients.

 
Detail from OCHIN’s interactive CRC screening decision tree tool currently under development

Detail from OCHIN’s interactive CRC screening decision tree tool currently under development

 

This tool draws on learnings from OCHIN member case studies and feedback from participants in the OCHIN Clinical Operations Review Committee (CORC) to create an intuitive guide linked to a rich collection of resources. We will announce when this tool is available on Ella. For more information, contact Arielle Goranson, Joan Nelson, Erica Edwards, or Angelea Brown.

Improved OCHIN Clinical Decision Support Tools

OCHIN is working on improvements to the CRC screening Health Maintenance topic for release in the second half of 2019. Discussions at the Clinical Operations Review Committee (CORC) will continue to inform the development of these tools. Contact AnnMarie Overholser if you have feedback you would like to share.

Maximize Current OCHIN Epic Functionality

CRC Reporting Workbench Reports (formerly known as STOP CRC RWB Reports) can be used with bulk mail and bulk order tools to send FIT kits to patients, identify individual patients due for care, and track patients requiring follow up care. OCHIN members may access the Colorectal Cancer Screening Improvement Guide, available on Ella, for more information.

Use the Enter/Edit Results function to accurately record previous screening results and update Health Maintenance, rather than overriding Health Maintenance. This increases the meaningful information in the chart and optimizes Health Maintenance functionality.

Service areas may benefit from Epic’s Care Everywhere Referrals Management program for closed-loop referrals. Please contact Ben Pierson for more information.

Coming in May: Epic Upgrade

The Epic chart search function will be significantly improved. After the upgrade to Epic 2018 on May 4, the chart search function will search Care Everywhere and the OCHIN chart. Searches for terms such as “colonoscopy”, “pathology”, “adenoma”, “polyp”, and “FIT” will return useful results.

The new Care Gaps SmartSet will facilitate ordering labs such as the FIT from a service area’s preference list. The SmartSet is customized to include only the unsatisfied Health Maintenance topics for each particular patient. Now is a good time to update service area preference lists so this tool functions optimally.

Site Specialists are working with OCHIN analysts now to prepare for the upgrade. More information, including webinars is available at the Upgrade Wiki Page.

For more information about the upcoming Epic Upgrade in May, please contact Jamie Gruol.