BOSTON, Dec. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ACT.md, a national provider of team-based care coordination technology and services, today announced a partnership with The University of Vermont Medical Center (UVM), part of the state's only academic medical center. Leading researchers at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families (the Center) will use ACT.md's Care Coordination Record to test and scale a groundbreaking approach to population health called the Vermont Family-Based Approach (the VFBA).
The VFBA is an innovative healthcare delivery model that supplements medical care for children with behavioral health and wellness for families. Through evidence-based programs for health promotion, prevention, and intervention from the family perspective, the Center team hopes to prove that this family-based approach improves health outcomes for families while reducing ER visits, unplanned clinic visits, and after-hours support. Elements of the VFBA are being used in child psychiatry settings, primary care settings and elementary schools nationally and internationally.
Vermont families enrolled in the academic medical study will experience a comprehensive family wellness program including medical and behavioral health care, nutrition education, exercise lessons, mindfulness training, musical training, and parenting education.
"We believe that health runs in families, and that emotional and behavioral health is central to all other aspects of health. It makes sense to focus healthcare efforts on the family, and to integrate behavioral health into these efforts," said VFBA creator James Hudziak, MD, UVM Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Medicine and Director of the Center. "As the UVM team works together across clinical and research settings to demonstrate the effectiveness of the VFBA, ACT.md is fundamental to our team's ability to work together more efficiently and effectively and embrace the family as part of the care team," said Hudziak.
ACT.md's HIPAA-compliant platform is designed for team-based care models like the VFBA, driving high-performance teamwork via web- and mobile-enabled care plans, action items and secure discussions.
"Using ACT.md, care teams across the country are transforming patient care coordination while improving how families experience the healthcare system," said Ted Quinn, ACT.md CEO. "The ACT.md team is proud to partner with UVM to help build better, smarter ways to care for children and families, especially families with complex healthcare needs."
About the University of Vermont Medical Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center (formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care), is a 447-bed tertiary care regional referral center serving approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York. Together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont's academic medical center. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties.
The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network, a four-hospital system established to deliver high-quality academic medicine to every community we serve. Our partners are:
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital
ACT.md is a digital health company that simplifies complex care for everyone involved. ACT.md Care Coordination Record™ connects all care team members and drives coordinated action through one cloud-based interoperable platform. ACT.md Care Traffic Control™ extends the impact of care teams while supporting patients and preventing system failures. Learn more at http://www.act.md.
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