Simply put, SQCN works to ensure that patients receive the right care, at the right place, at the right time.
Sentara Quality Care Network (also referred to as SQCN or “Sequin”) is a network of doctors and other providers who are part of a special team working together to find ways to improve quality in healthcare.
SQCN provides this special team with technology, care managers, and other resources needed to collaborate across specialties.
This teamwork helps them manage the quality and coordination of your care and ensure that you receive the right preventive care at the right time, such as physicals, immunizations, mammography screenings, etc.
SQCN is dedicated to the following:
- Improving the quality of health care
- Improving access to care and the overall patient experience
- Reducing or controlling the costs of care (costs incurred by patients, payers and providers)
The goals of SQCN range from improving wellness and preventing disease to providing professional care coordination for patients with chronic disease or other complex medical conditions.
SQCN has more than 3,000 providers in Hampton Roads, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg as well as affiliations with Sentara Healthcare hospitals and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.
Solving Healthcare’s Important Challenges
Even in today’s world of electronic messaging and electronic health records, there are gaps in communication and, at times, gaps in care.
SQCN works to identify solutions and to invest in the staff and technology that will improve the way that patients experience health care.
Here are some examples of how SQCN works to accomplish this:
- Helps to make sure that patients receive eligible screenings within the timeframes set by national guidelines
- Creates a collaboration among SQCN pediatricians, local schools and athletic associations to educate parents on the importance of adolescent health evaluations in the pediatrician’s office. These evaluations can include what is required for sports physicals, but also include immunizations, depression screening and preventive counseling.
- Ensures patients with chronic diseases see their primary care provider as frequently as needed
- Provides resources to help patients to understand their medical condition and to engage in the management of their disease
- Develops standards for diabetic patients and develops individual care plans to stabilize and improve diabetic patient health
- Provides nurse care managers to coach, educate and follow-up with patients after a hospital stay or emergency room visit and to encourage the needed follow-up care with the patient’s primary care or specialist provider.