The original academic work was created and disseminated as a USB-based toolkit for quality improvement in primary care of diabetes (funded by a $15,000 unrestricted educational grant) as part of my innovative primary care engagement strategy as Diabetes Primary Care Lead for the Central LHIN. In addition, I created a hyperlinked, Coordinated Diabetes Care Plan for coordinated diabetes care for primary care providers in the Central LHIN. Recognizing that approximately 50% of family physicians had adopted an EMR, the toolkit also contained basic computerized quality improvement tools for physicians who had not yet implemented an EMR. Through this novel electronic dissemination method, this toolkit was distributed to approximately 1,200 family physicians in the Central LHIN.
A web-version of this academic work can be found here: http://centraldrcc.com/CentralDRCC/healthcareproviders.html and here: Central LHIN Diabetes Clinical Pathway
Provincial impact: Other Primary Care Diabetes LHIN Leads in Ontario asked for copies of the toolkit so that they could adapt it (and the care plan) for use in their regions
Provincial impact: Invited to lecture to Cancer Care Ontario CIO retreat: Trends and Opportunities in Healthcare IT in Primary Care. Cancer Care Ontario Annual CIO Retreat, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Provincial impact: led to improved Central LHIN Primary Care performance in the Ontario Diabetes Strategy Process Measures
National Impact: Success of our CIHR Grant ($100,000) for “Development, testing and feasibility of an interprofessional shared decision-making and goal-setting decision aid for patients with diabetes in clinical care” based on my being the Co-applicant/Principle Knowledge User