Automated Pharmacy Alerts Followed by Pharmacist-Physician
Collaboration Reduce Inappropriate Prescriptions Among Elderly
Kaiser Permanente Colorado developed a computerized alert system to notify pharmacists when elderly patients are prescribed potentially inappropriate medications; alerted pharmacists consult with the physicians to discuss the prescription, leading to a reduction in inappropriate prescribing.
Heart Failure Disease Management Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs
Essentia Health Heart and Vascular Center created a heart failure program combining chronic care and disease management principles to improve outcomes and reduce costs associated with heart failure care.
Interdisciplinary Teams Perform Daily Reviews of Real-Time Information to Identify and Address Risk Factors in Older Inpatients
Hospital-based interdisciplinary teams conduct daily reviews of real-time information on all inpatients ages 65 and older to identify and address risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes; the program reduced use of urinary catheters and increased use of physical therapy and social work evaluations.
Managed Care Organization and Visiting Nurse Association Offer Standardized Education to Elderly Heart Failure Patients, Improving Self-Management and Reducing Readmissions
Kaiser Permanente Colorado and the Visiting Nurse Association in Denver jointly offer intense, consistent education to elderly heart failure patients discharged from the hospital in need of home-based skilled nursing care, leading to improved knowledge and self-management skills and fewer readmissions.
Automated Calls Followed by Mailed Kits Significantly Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate in Those Overdue for Testing
Health plan members due for colorectal cancer screening and at low risk for the disease receive an automated educational call and a test kit to compete at home and return by mail, leading to a fourfold increase in the likelihood of screening in this hard-to-reach population.
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Health Information Exchange Toolkits
This Web page from the HIMSS offers three toolkits that provide information about HIE organizations, networks, and initiatives at the local, regional, and State level.
MONAHRQ is a free software product that enables organizations—such as State and local data organizations, chartered value exchanges, hospital systems, and health plans—to input their own hospital administrative data and generate a data-driven Web site.