Inclusive Design Process and Extensive Promotion and Support Generate Widespread Use of Health Information Exchange, Leading to Improvements in Health Outcomes
Use of an inclusive design process and the investment of significant time and resources in promoting and supporting use of a health information exchange generates widespread participation by providers, which in turn leads to more patients having an electronic health record, better management of high cholesterol, and increased provision of tobacco cessation counseling and screening for depression and breast cancer.
Care Process Algorithms Improve Continuation of Beta Blockers During Perioperative Period
Clinicians follow algorithms that lay out a standardized process for ensuring that surgical inpatients and outpatients receive beta blockers as appropriate, leading to near universal compliance with recommended therapy.
Comprehensive Initiative to Create a Culture of Safety Significantly Reduces Harm Caused by Medical Errors, Mortality, Length of Stay, and Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia and Infections
Sentara Healthcare launched a program designed to create a strong culture of safety. The initiative includes an assessment of the existing safety culture, establishment of goals related to improved safety, the development of specific strategies to identify and correct safety problems, and the use of ongoing processes and systems to monitor progress and encourage continued improvement.
Inclusive Policies, Communication Protocols and Ongoing Training Lead to Culturally Competent Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients
A medical center implemented new policies, systems, communication protocols and training programs to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients, leading to more equitable, culturally competent care.
Medicaid Managed Care Plan Provides Reports, Guidelines, and Education Materials to Physicians, Reducing Inappropriate Prescribing of Antibiotics to Children and Adolescents
As part of a collaborative, a California health plan provides quarterly provider performance reports, educational materials, and other support to physicians and parents, leading to a reduction in inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics to children, adolescents, and adults with an upper respiratory infection or acute bronchitis enrolled in the insurer's Medi-Cal managed care plan.
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Inhaled Corticosteroids for the Treatment of Chronic Asthma in Adults and in Children Aged 12 Years and Over: Audit Support
This tool can be used in all health care settings to conduct a self-assessment of compliance with guideline recommendations for chronic asthma treatment.
Diabetes Mellitus Algorithm S: Screening and Prevention
This algorithm is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Diabetes Mellitus, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (VA/DoD).
Medications At Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Initiative
The goal of the Medications At Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Initiative is to measurably decrease the number of discrepant medication orders and the associated potential and actual patient harm.
Improving Outcomes for an Aging Population: Alzheimer's Treatment in Long-Term Care
This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement projects to enhance the quality of care for elderly residents with Alzheimer’s disease.
Door-to-Doc Patient Safety Toolkit
"Door to Doc" is a patient flow redesign process that improves the safety of care for patients in the emergency department (ED) by reducing the time patients wait to be seen, and by expediting admission to the most appropriate hospital unit.