This blog post is part one of a two-part series on the TBI Pathway of Care.
Col. Sidney R. Hinds, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) national director, spoke to health care professionals about the Traumatic Brain Injury Pathway of Care at the recent 2014 conference of the Society for Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS).
DVBIC serves as the Defense Department lead agency on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and manages the TBI Pathway of Care for the Military Health System (MHS).
What is the TBI Pathway of Care?
The pathway is a data-driven system to provide an enterprise-approach for coordinating clinical, research, education and training activities related to TBI care. This system integrates evidence-based clinical practices with consistent monitoring of patient outcomes to help the military services deliver quality TBI care.
“We have to be good stewards of the resources given to us,” said Hinds. “[This] means we have to look at the outcomes of what we’re providing … if what we’re doing isn’t working we can figure out how to do it better.”
Hinds explained the pathway is a true partnership with other MHS components with the goal of standardizing clinical practices for consistent outcome metrics.
TBI care is viewed as a continuum of care from prevention to reintegration. One of the reasons DVBIC was chosen as the manager of the TBI Pathway of Care for MHS is because DVBIC has a role in all phases of the continuum of care.
At this time, Hinds says there’s still more work to do and a few decisions to make for full implementation of the TBI Pathway of Care.
Stay tuned next week for part two: “DVBIC Director Explains TBI Pathway of Care: Roles, Functions”