Through RHIT, Dr. Yazdany is leading several initiatives to provide beneficial new programs to participating practices.
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In 2019, RHIT began piloting a program that allows rheumatologists to assign a free health coach to patients who are struggling to manage chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Another program will soon allow practices to participate in consented research studies.
RHIT has launched tools to standardize patient visit documentation and is working with major electronic health record vendors to customize software content to make documentation easier for rheumatologists.
The committee also established a Learning Collaborative that creates a monthly forum and offers expert, personalized advice for physicians who are working on instituting evidence-based practice and quality improvement projects. “There is so much exciting innovation going on with RISE,” Dr. Yazdany acknowledges. “It really feels like we are creating a wonderful national community to advance the practice of rheumatology.”
Carina Stanton is a freelance science journalist based in Denver.