Delivering Better Neuroscience Care

Providers from around the state attend annual Neuroscience Symposium.The way health systems deliver care is rapidly evolving, with hospitals transitioning from a fee-for-service model to a value-based one. OSF HealthCare is a leader in making that change and working to improve the overall health of patients we serve.

One of the ways OSF is transforming health care is through the a process called population health management. Population health management can be achieved in a number of ways, including through provider collaboration, data-sharing, and coordinated care.

It was one of many topics discussed at the annual Illinois Neurological Institute (INI) Neuroscience Symposium recently held at Jump. Abby Lotz, Clinical Outcomes Integration Director for the OSF HealthCare Neuroscience Service Line, spoke about the need for INI to develop standardized guidelines for care to better serve the community as a whole, and ensure patients receive the best neuroscience care.

Helping Primary Care Providers Manage Neurological Issues

About 250 medical professionals from around the state attended the symposium. The goal of the event was to give providers the tools they need to better manage patients with neurological issues in their own practices.

"Many primary care providers are managing neurological conditions within their practices," said Colleen Runkle, INI Business Development. "This can be for anything from stroke risks, sleep issues, dementia, and multiple sclerosis. We want them to have tools to care for these patients and be a resource should they need to refer a patient for advanced specialty care."

Neuroscience Jeopardy!

The day-long event also took an interactive approach to learning about caring for patients with neurological conditions. Using a fun, Jeopardy-style game and real-time audience polling, presenters were able to ask attendees questions, view the audience answers, and stimulate learning through discussing the question and correct answer.

Neuroscience Symposium attendees participate in Jeopary-style game.Dr. Deepak Nair, a neurologist at INI, played the host to a session on stroke, critical care medicine, and telemedicine. He asked attendees thought-provoking questions that highlighted the growing need for neurologists across the country. Dr. Nair said more people can receive the care they need no matter where they live through telemedicine and telehealth. This means providing patients with consultations over video, remote monitoring and deploying standardized care protocols.

These are tools that will certainly come in handy, as 1 in 6 people in the U.S. are affected by neurological disease. It will take provider collaboration, data-sharing, and coordinated care to make sure this population is taken care of in the best way possible.

Dr. Sarah Zallek, Medical Director, Illinois Neurological Institute Sleep Center, was the Program Director and MC of the symposium. Other presenters for the day included neurosurgeons Dr. Jeffrey Klopfenstein, Dr. Daniel Fassett, Dr. Patrick Tracy, and Anthony M. Avellino who discussed Gamma Knife for treating brain tumors, spine surgery outcomes, cost-effective spine surgery and pediatric neurosurgery respectively. Through the interactive format, each was able to engage the audience in issues possibly impacting their patients.

Neurologists Dr. Dyveke Pratt, Dr. Chigolum Eze, Dr. Sarah Parker, Dr. Bradley Gleason, Dr. Gregory Blume, and Dr. Jorge Kattah facilitated learning sessions on Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Stroke, Sleep Medicine, Neuromuscular conditions and Neuro-ophthalmology respectively.

The learning continued through lunch sessions featuring small group discussions featuring providers and a special APN panel that presented a wide variety of neurological conditions. The day also featured the announcement that INI will soon be starting an Osteoporosis Clinic.

Categories: Events, Illinois Neurological Institute (INI), Neurology