Participants will identify and learn about the implementation of a tablet based program, how the FHT spread the initiative to identification of other chronic diseases, and learnings after one year of implementing an initiative that took off drastically.
The results have been truly transformative; in just over four months, over 40 percent of patients (~3000) were screened for smoking and their status was updated in the EMR. Of those, 432 current smokers were identified, and the Canadian Lung Health Test (CLHT) was administered to 1300 patients, resulting in over 500 patients identified at risk for COPD. This compared to just 45 CLHTs completed in the previous year. The FHT also experienced a 33 percent increase in smoking cessation program referrals in the four months after launching the program. As an added benefit, patients updated an average of three demographic details in their patient record and email consent was collected from over 30 percent of the total patient population. On average, the screening process took just 4.5 minutes. Instead of spending this time unproductively in the waiting room, the patient was able to actively contribute to their patient visit and patient record. We are currently completing year one evaluation and are very pleased with the results and are looking forward to sharing the results with the AFHTO attendees.