e-Plans to Promote Healthy Weight

Status: Complete

WHAT: A project to enhance the capabilities of electronic health records (EHRs) to include healthy weight plans. Co-created by a family and primary care provider, healthy weight plans set fitness and dietary goals, identify steps to achieve the goals, and track overall progress.

WHO: The project tapped into experts in obesity prevention, behavior change, practice redesign and medical informatics to define the key elements and functions an EHR must include to support the effective use of healthy weight plans. The project also engaged the EHR community to learn what approaches are already embedded in current systems, and to relay the desired functionality so that vendors can implement healthy weight plans into existing platforms.

WHEN: November 2012 to March 2013

FUNDER: The project was funded by Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), in partnership with Avalere Health LLC.

NICHQ'S ROLE: Co-lead in scoping necessary EHR functionality to include healthy weight plans in EHR vendor discussions.

Use Cases

Partnership for a Healthier America created this ePlans to Promote Healthy Weight Use CasesExternal Link summary to specify the essential information that must be captured and the key functions that must be performed by EHRs so that primary care teams and families can develop effective Healthy Weight Plans (HWPs) that help the child and family adopt behaviors oriented to achieving healthy weight.