HAWAIʻI LOCAL OUTREACH FOR OCHSNER DIGITAL MEDICINE PROGRAM

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2024
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Namoca, Melannie
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Tse, Alice
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Regular monitoring of blood pressure and blood sugar levels is vital for preventing serious medical conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes-related complications. Despite effective interventions, many individuals are unaware of their conditions due to the silent nature of hypertension and hyperglycemia. Digital remote monitoring offers real-time data for informed decision-making and proactive intervention. The Local Outreach Initiative for the Ochsner Digital Medicine Program aims to bridge the gap between mainland healthcare services and Hawai‘i's diverse communities. Through culturally sensitive outreach strategies, the initiative seeks to increase awareness, understanding, and enrollment in the program, particularly among those dealing with hypertension and Type-2 diabetes. Utilizing a culturally sensitive script and member spreadsheet, developed collaboratively, phone conversations with eligible AlohaCare patients assess participation rates and program understanding. Data is collected and organized in compliance with HIPAA regulations, with involvement from local healthcare professionals and community advocates enhancing outreach effectiveness. Qualitatively, the project successfully enrolled 3 members between November 2023 and March 2024, with telephone outreach reaching approximately 270 eligible members and around 40 signing up through the program's website. Demographically, participants averaged 49 years old, with 33.33% male, and 66.66% female. Racially and ethnically, 33.33% identified as Asian, and 66.66% as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Majority preferred English, while 33.33% expressed another language preference. Local presentation strategies facilitated enrollment, showcasing efficacy in engaging the target population. Thematic analysis highlighted the effectiveness of locally-based outreach, particularly telephone outreach, despite challenges like language barriers and technological limitations. Factors like building trust with mainland companies and reliance on smartphones prolonged the enrollment process. Sustainability measures are crucial for ongoing support. Overall, the project's success in enrollment and outreach emphasizes progress towards addressing healthcare disparities and achieving demographic inclusivity in Hawai'i's communities, aligning with DNP essentials and advocating for quality improvement and patient care. Ongoing education and support are essential for sustaining engagement and improving health outcomes.
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Nursing, blood, local, monitoring, outreach, pressure, sugar
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