Advanced IT Combines with Care Coordination to Improve Outcomes at U of Missouri

Care coordination can be different—and difficult—for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries in a primary care environment. After forming a relationship with Cerner Corporation to develop innovative technologies and founding its Tiger Institute think tank, the University of Missouri Medical School was well-positioned to explore how information technology might be leveraged to aid care coordination. The goal of the LIGHT2 project, explains Lori Popejoy, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, was to engage patients and prepare the provider workforce to use technology to improve care. As Popejoy explains in the following video interview with Wing of Zock editor Jennifer Salopek, 23 care coordinators worked with 130 doctors and more than 10,000 patients to “Leverage Information Technology to Guide Hi-Tech, Hi-Touch Care” (LIGHT2). The results—decreased hospitalizations, decreased ED use, increased screenings, and decreased smoking—were sufficiently impressive to earn the Missouri team honors in the AAMC’s Clinical Care Innovation Challenge. An abstract of the project can be found here.