Increasing Identification of Vulnerable Elderly in the Community Utilizing the Electronic Health Records

The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate and Electronic Health Record template that prompts Family and Community Medicine residents and faculty to identify geriatric conditions that put patient over 65 years of age at risk for death and functional decline.


Center for Healthy Communities & Research, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Community Care for the Elderly

Goals of the Program

  • Develop an electronic health record template to screen for geriatric conditions embedded with patient education and community resources including a condition specific tool for primary care assessment and management of patients identified with memory loss
  • Pilot test the electronic health record with Family Medicine residency faculty physicians and seek content review by Geriatric and Internal Medicine faculty physicians
  • Educate the residents and faculty physicians at Columbia St. Mary's Family and St. Joseph's Family and Community Medicine Residency Programs in the use of the template and implement the template at both sites
  • Evaluate the use of the template and its impact on the care of vulnerable elderly patients

Project Period

July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2009

Funding Source

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Program

Program Contact

Marie Wolff