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Innovation Profiles and Attempts

Innovation Profiles describe innovations that have achieved some level of success. Innovation Profiles contain five sections:

  • Snapshot - An overview of the innovation which includes a brief summary of the key elements of the innovation and the impact or results achieved, in addition to the developing organization/s, patient population, date first implemented, and evidence rating.
  • What They Did - A description of the key problem(s) that the innovation addresses, the population affected by the innovation, and any pertinent quality measures. This section includes citations and innovator contact information.
  • Did it Work? - A description of the overall results of the innovation, a summary of key results with supporting data, and a rating of the strength of evidence. Select to learn more about the evidence rating.
  • How They Did It - A description of the context of the innovation (type of organization, environmental factors, local impetus for the innovation), the planning and development process, information on staffing and financial costs of the innovation, funding sources, and links to related resources.
  • Adoption Considerations – Advice from the innovator regarding what is needed to get started with and to sustain the innovation. This section also includes other considerations, lessons, and information about its use by other organizations if applicable.

Innovation Attempts describe projects that did not succeed as planned because they could not be implemented or sustained, did not achieve desired results, or had unexpected negative consequences. Attempts are presented for health care organizations to learn from and build upon. Innovation Attempts contain four sections:

  • Snapshot – An overview of the attempt which includes a brief summary of the key elements of the innovation and the results, in addition to the developing organization/s, patient population, and date first implemented.
  • What They Did - A description of the key problem(s) that the innovation addresses, the population affected by the innovation, and any pertinent quality measures. This section includes citations and innovator contact information.
  • Did It Work? – A description of the overall results of the innovation with a summary of key results with supporting data.
  • What They Learned - A summary of lessons learned by the innovator, with an emphasis on the challenges that arose and what the innovator might have done differently.

Jump To links provide easy access to sections within the profile or attempt.

The Comments Tab provides users with the ability to comment on an Innovation Profile or Attempt.

Each innovation profile and innovation attempt provides a printable view via the Print link (print Print) and the ability to send a recipient a link to the profile via the E-mail link (email E-mail Link).

QualityTools

QualityTools includes a variety of materials such as worksheets, questionnaires, fact sheets, databases, benchmarks, software, planning resources, calculators, algorithms, checklists, and brochures. QualityTool summaries include the following information:

  • A brief description of the tool, its purpose, and its intended audience.
  • Link/s to the tool
  • Developer/s of the tool
  • Funding sources
  • Tool release date

Each QualityTool provides a printable view via the Print link (print Print) and the ability to send a recipient a link to the QualityTool via the E-mail link (email E-mail Link).

How Do I....

Submitting an Innovation

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Contacting the Innovations Exchange

Linking to the Health Care Innovations Exchange

The Innovations Exchange encourages health care Web sites to establish links from their pages to www.innovations.ahrq.gov. If you would like to link to this site, please:

Please note that all external links from commercial sites to our Federal Government site should be clearly identified. Our Agency cannot endorse, nor appear to endorse, commercial services or products. Links should not be displayed in any manner that would imply an endorsement.

Browser Compatibility

The Web pages of the Health Care Innovations Exchange are best presented by the current versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari. These browsers render the site pages in nearly the same way. This site works with all browsers. The same content is available in every browser but the display of that content may differ according to the capabilities of each browser. The Health Care Innovations Exchange also recommends disabling pop-up blockers, since some content appears in pop-up windows. The following browsers have been tested for compatibility with the Health Care Innovations Exchange site:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 8 and higher
  • Mozilla Firefox, version 19 and higher
  • Opera, version 12 and higher
  • Safari, version 6 and higher
  • Chrome, version 25 and higher
Browse by Subject

Browse by Subject allows the user to browse the Innovations Exchange collection by main topics or subject areas, and can be accessed either from the horizontal navigation bar or the module on the home page. Each subject lists relevant subcategories and the numbers of Innovations and QualityTools available on the Web site for each subcategory. "What’s this?" links describe the types of Innovations and QualityTools that can be browsed for each subject area.

To browse by subject:

  • Go to the Browse by Subject page.
  • Select the subject of interest to view Innovations and QualityTools.
  • Options to sort by Newest first (default) or by Relevance are provided on the results page. Sorting by relevance removes the date ranking.
  • By default, results display a short summary of the content below the title of each result. Select Hide Summaries to display results with content titles only.
  • Results include the number of Innovation "Attempts". Select the "Show Innovation Attempts only" check box to view results that are only Innovation Attempts. This list can also be sorted by date and relevance.

Browse by Subject

Narrow by Subjects

Narrow by Subjects provides the user with the ability to narrow Search and/or Browse results to find specific Innovations or QualityTools of interest. This feature can be accessed on the left navigation column on the Search and/or Browse results page, or from the Innovations & QualityTools page. You may select multiple subjects to narrow results by.

  • About Subjects describes the subject areas that Innovations and QualityTools are organized into.
  • Select Clear Selections to clear the terms used to narrow results and to return to the full list of results.

To narrow by subjects:

  • In the Narrow by Subjects column, select the main subject(s) of interest to view the topics under each subject. You can also select the "+" sign to expand the list of topics.
  • Select hyperlinked topics to narrow down your results further in each subject area.

Narrow by Subjects

Last updated: September 19, 2012.