Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is transforming healthcare at its Arizona Integrative Health Center by combining Western medicine with healing-oriented care treatments, placing emphasis on the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit. Each patient is provided a personal physician, a health coach, and a nutritionist. They are also given the option to see an integrative chiropractic physician, an acupuncturist, or a mind-body specialist.
Patients are invited to participate in the Integrative Medicine Primary Care Trial (IMPaCT) study which measures the effectiveness of integrative care. Over the span of 12 to 24 months, researchers gather a 360 degree view of the patient’s health outcomes by aggregating data from multiple sources into a centralized database, including:
- Provider-Reported Data,
- Chart Abstractions,
- and Clinical Data.
Dr. Dodds and her team developed a data collection and patient management system using the DatStat Platform, facilitating the IMPaCT study and their routine clinical care process. They are able to administer intake forms, health outcomes assessments, and patient experience questionnaires. They are also able to automate communications with their patients, sending them appointment reminders, follow-up emails, and surveys.
The outcomes of this study will inform a discussion on the value of integrative primary care, ultimately helping to inform health care policy.