Percentage of Newly-Diagnosed HIV Positive Clients Linked to HIV-Related Medical Care
Every HIV positive patient in the Austin/Travis County area is reported to the Austin Public Health Communicable Disease Unit. The goal is that at least 90% of HIV positive individuals who are successfully notified of their test results will be linked to medical care and/or medical case management services.
This measure is calculated by determining the number of newly-diagnosed HIV positive clients linked to HIV-related medical care divided by the number of newly-diagnosed HIV positive clients who have been successfully notified of their test results.
FY 2015-16 Results
In FY 2015-16, the results for this measure was 94%, 2% above the established target of 92%. The FY 2015-16 result is an increase of 3% over the previous fiscal year.
Assessment of Results
The higher than expected completion rate can be attributed to multiple factors. An additional position in the Social Work team provided HIV positive patients’ connection to medical care. Also, a newly State-funded position has resulted in relief of some duties for the Public Health Follow-Up team for HIV/STDs, allowing the team more time to successfully connect newly-diagnosed HIV patients to medical care with trained staff. Lastly, a robust, consistent, and continuously improved process of connecting newly-diagnosed patients to the Social Work team has resulted in higher completion rates.
The linkage process continues to be reviewed and improved by Program Supervisors and the overseeing Program Manager to ensure a successful linkage from patient to medical care continues. The programs will discuss and review any new trends, issues, or concerns internally and with the overseeing HIV Program Manager. Furthermore, any issues related to other Communicable Disease Unit operations will continue to be regularly discussed with the Clinic Program Manager or Communicable Disease Unit Manager to facilitate efficient ongoing operations.
For more information, contact Philip Huang, MD, MPH Medical Director/Health Authority at (512) 972-5855.