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ProvenCare-Psoriasis: A disease management model to optimize care

  • Author(s): Gionfriddo, Michael R;
  • Pulk, Rebecca A;
  • Sahni, Dev R;
  • Vijayanagar, Sonal G;
  • Chronowski, Joseph J;
  • Jones, Laney K;
  • Evans, Michael A;
  • Feldman, Steven R;
  • Pride, Howard
  • et al.
Abstract

There are a variety of evidence-based treatments available for psoriasis. The transition of this evidence into practice is challenging. In this article, we describe the design of our disease management approach for Psoriasis (ProvenCare®) and present preliminary evidence of the effect of its implementation. In designing our approach, we identified three barriers to optimal care: 1) lack of a standardized and discrete disease activity measure within the electronic health record, 2) lack of a system-wide, standardized approach to care, and 3) non-uniform financial access to appropriate non-pharmacologic treatments. We implemented several solutions, which collectively form our approach. We standardized the documentation of clinical data such as body surface area (BSA), created a disease management algorithm for psoriasis, and aligned incentives to facilitate the implementation of the algorithm. This approach provides more coordinated, cost effective care for psoriasis, while being acceptable to key stakeholders. Future work will examine the effect of the implementation of our approach on important clinical and patient outcomes.

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