Quality Improvement Collaborative
To further the goals of the Quality Improvement Collaborative (QIC) and accelerate cross-clinical collaboration, T1D Exchange hosts two learning sessions per year. These multi-day conferences bring QIC clinics together from across the country to further their understanding of the functionality of the QI portal, and to allow members to network, share results and goals, and welcome new clinics to the Collaborative.
Presentations at learning sessions reinforce the tools available to clinics through QIC, with the goal of energizing members to feel optimistic about the positive impact that QIC has on diabetes health outcomes. Past panelists have presented on topics such as understanding how to apply a clinical systems integration strategy, improving insulin therapy, identifying psychosocial challenges in the transition to young adulthood for T1D individuals, and describing the importance of information exchange across diverse teams.
Positive feedback from our recent learning session included:
“I don’t know how you do it, but these get better year after year – thank you!!”
“The learning session was perfectly planned. It’s always hard when travel arrangements interfere with the end of the learning session; I don’t like it when I have to leave early.”
The Quality Improvement Collaborative uses data benchmarking to set goals for improving type 1 diabetes treatment and care at QIC member clinics, and to measure if those goals are met, both at individual clinics and across the entire Collaborative.
The most recent round of QIC data benchmarking, which ran from May 2018 through December 2019, focused on five key measures, including increasing CGM sensor use, insulin pump use, and depression screening for type 1 diabetes patients. Improvement goals were set from baseline data taken from clinics in May 2018. By December 2019, QIC clinics had significant improvement across 75% of core measures.
This data benchmarking gives clinics hard evidence to help determine which interventions have been most effective. Additionally, from these results T1D Exchange develops change packages that can assist clinics in implementing new practices and improving existing ones. Future objectives of QIC data benchmarking include publishing the results in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and expanding patient cohorts for the next phase, which runs from June 2020 through May 2022.
Want to Join the Collaborative?
T1D Exchange is actively recruiting new clinics to grow our QIC network of talented, experienced providers who care deeply about treatment and outcomes for people with type 1 diabetes. Participation may involve data sharing, consulting and strategizing with clinical partners across the United States. For more information about joining, please fill out our form and a representative will get in touch with you.
Who Leads the Collaborative?
Top minds from across our partner clinics make up the leadership of our Quality Improvement Collaborative (QIC). Read more about the individuals help us create change in care and outcomes at the clinic level.