Collaborative, technology-driven models may improve care for residents living in rural communities. This webinar describes the HeartBeat Connections primary prevention program and the ENHANCED diabetes study. These programs were implemented in two rural communities—New Um and Hutchinson, Minnesota. They aimed to reduce cardiovascular disease risk within the respective rural populations by leveraging the expertise of registered dietitians (RDNs) and registered nurses (RNs). By providing health coaching and implementing a medication protocol over the phone, RDNs and RNs were able to extend the reach and contact frequency of primary care providers while simultaneously optimizing major risk factors for cardiovascular disease including cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose, nutrition, exercise, stress, and medication adherence. By collaborating with the local healthcare system, these programs illustrate that RDNs and RNs can effectively deliver primary and secondary prevention programs remotely via telephone to maximize positive health outcomes for patients living in rural areas.
1. Identify the potential benefits of utilizing a telemedicine program in a rural community.
2. Describe three ways to build your case for telemedicine outreach.
3. Discuss the benefits of utilizing multidisciplinary teams to maximum potential to achieve patient goals.
Presented by: Gretchen Benson, RDN, LDN, CDE
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