Virtual Care for Diabetes: During the Pandemic and Beyond – Specialist and Family Physician Perspective
1. Identify which diabetes care processes must be in person and which can be virtual
2. Understand the role of mobile apps and wearable technology to support self-management
3. Consider ways your EMR can facilitate high quality virtual care
4. Explore how virtual care many enable specialists and primary care to actively collaborate
At the end of this session participants will be able to assess how to better treat and manage diabetic patients through virtual care vs in person.
Presented by Dr. Noah Ivers, Family Physician, OntarioMD Peer Leader and Dr. Ilana Halperin, Endocrinology, OntarioMD Physician Peer Leader
Dr. Noah Ivers is a family physician who conducts research that addresses this health gap by focusing on finding innovative approaches to ensure that patients reliably get the right treatment in the right way at the right time.
Dr. Ivers is acknowledged as a world leader in providing performance measurement and feedback to clinicians to support quality improvement. He works with stakeholders across the province and around the world to find ways to measure and report quality of care in ways that enable providers to respond more effectively to care gaps.
Dr. Ivers is currently leading a new program funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to support the evaluation of feedback given to thousands of Ontario physicians. In this project, Dr. Ivers and his team will evaluate different strategies to address the current opioid crisis by giving doctors more support to safely manage high-risk prescriptions while also testing different approaches to improve patient outcomes. The project also involves working with partners to design new initiatives aimed at improving antibiotic prescribing to prevent another emerging public health crisis of antimicrobial resistance. The project will give doctors a clear sense of how their prescribing habits compare to the ideal and provide tools and resources to improve them
Dr. Halperin is an endocrinology specialist, a full-time staff physician and an Assistant Professor at the Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, where she teaches residents and medical students about quality and innovation. Dr. Halperin strives to improve the coordination of care for high users of the health care system and continues to work on improving the care of young women with diabetes prior to, during, and after pregnancy. Dr. Halperin obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and completed her internal medicine and endocrinology training from the University of Toronto. In addition to her medical education, Dr. Halperin has also obtained her MSc. in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto. Dr. Halperin was the Clinical Lead of the EMR implementation at her Endocrine Division, where under her continued leadership, the EMR of two additional divisions were implemented as well. Through her close collaboration with EMR vendors, a ‘form-to-letter’ for diabetes management was developed, where captured elements generate reports on various diabetes quality indicators