Dr. Amrish Patel and Jessica Hastings, CCMA/office supervisor of Troutman Family Medicine presented “Improving Adult Immunization Rates in a Primary Care Setting” at the 2018 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference was sponsored by National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, a nonprofit dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and the public on the causes and prevention of infectious diseases.
The Immunizations Project is a culmination of two years of work and documentation and was funded by the American Academy of Family Physicians as a means to find and implement new ways to improve adult vaccination rates. Dr. Patel and Hastings were selected over a large pool of candidates in the program, because of their success over the scope of the project.
Their goal was to increase vaccination rates and reduce missed opportunities to offer and instruct patients on the importance of vaccines. They worked with 50 patients and saw a 90% increase in Pneumovax 23, 37% increase in Prevnar 13, 2% in zostavax and 29% decrease in influenza vaccines.
During the project, they were able to create an initial vaccine protocol for nurse visits and a secondary electronic medical record data mining daily report that created consistency across the team — in case the patient came in to visit another provider, they would know this person may be offered vaccines at this visit.
Troutman Family Medicine is located in Troutman, NC. They offer family medical care as well as cosmetic medicine and aesthetic laser services. They are an affiliate of Piedmont HealthCare.
154 South Main Street
Troutman, NC 28166