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Enhanced Clinic Practice

In the Grande Prairie PCN Enhanced Clinic Practice Program, Practice Facilitators work collaboratively with your PCN-member physician’s clinic to help plan, implement, and evaluate clinical improvement projects.

Practice Facilitators are involved in a number of improvement initiatives:

  • Help improve patient access, continuity of care, and support the Grande Prairie PCN evolution toward the patient’s medical home model of care

  • Engage clinics to develop quality improvement plans and facilitate team-based care

  • Teach and optimize Electronic Medical Record (EMR) use within clinics

  • Implement province-wide PCN initiatives such as Alberta Screening and Prevention (ASaP)

  • Monitor data from clinics that tracks timely access for patients, patient experiences, and screening measures

  • Offer assistance with streamlining processes within clinics

  • Act as a link between local clinics and other PCN initiatives

The Enhanced Clinic Practice Program also supports:

  • Training sessions to help optimize Electronic Medial Record (EMR) use

  • Provide regular education sessions for all clinical assistants

  • Deliver PCN materials such as referral forms, brochures, etc.

  • Inform clinics about workshops and continuing education opportunities

  • Create and develop chronic disease registries within the EMR

  • Help make processes more efficient in the clinic setting

Community Information Integration / Central Patient Attachment Registry (CII/CPAR)

The Grande Prairie PCN is leading the North Zone in implementing the new Provincial Initiative CII/CPAR.

Community Information Integration (CII) is a system that transfers select patient information between community Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and other members of the patient's care team (family doctor, specialists, etc.) through Alberta Netcare. The Central Patient Attachment Registry (CPAR) is a provincial system that captures the confirmed relationship of a primary provider and their paneled patients. Together CII/CPAR will enable health system integration and improved continuity of care that are essential and foundational change elements in the implementation of the Patient’s Medical Home model of care.

Dr. Olubukola Maxwell is the first family physician in Grande Prairie to adopt CII/CPAR in their practice.  Dr. Maxwell and her clinic staff have invested time in panel identification, maintenance processes, and have completed the CII/CPAR Panel Readiness Checklist, as well as all the prerequisites for participation.

“Continuity of care is so important to us as a clinic, it trumps many other objectives.  When we set up the clinic it was a bit of a shock to realize patients could ‘double doctor’,” said Dr. Maxwell. “An idea that was not only alien to me but also found quite difficult to work around.”

Dr. Maxwell was eager to adopt CII/CPAR.

“Of course, we could not wait to jump onto the proverbial bandwagon when CII/CPAR was introduced,” she says. “Not only is it an enabler of continuity of care for us, it helps us receive notifications when our paneled patients attend the ER.”

Dr. Maxwell can see the positive impact on the future of her practice, and the quality of care she can give to her patients.

“CII/CPAR stands to help us better plan our service provision reliably.  With CPAR being a central registry,” Dr. Maxwell said, “it enables us to know exactly who our patients truly are. CII/CPAR prevents duplication of services. It’s also more like a one-stop-shop approach to patient healthcare records which enables timely care and minimizes errors.”

“I am hoping more adopters take up this long-awaited initiative, especially within our community.”

CII/CPAR is the next logical step to promote a coordinated care management approach to service delivery and achieve better patient, provider, and system outcomes. Healthcare providers will be able to access selected patient data in the Alberta Netcare Portal to get a clearer picture of the care the patient has received from the family physician and other community care providers.

Click HERE to learn more about CII/CPAR.
Click HERE for a list of frequently asked patient questions.