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Capitated Health Center Uses Health Coaches to Manage Chronic Illnesses, Leading to Improved Clinical Outcomes 7/30/2014
Trained, bilingual medical assistants in a capitated health center serve as health coaches to chronically ill (often diabetic) patients of similar ethnic or racial backgrounds, leading to better disease management and clinical outcomes for those with diabetes, very positive feedback from patients and center staff, and low turnover among medical assistants and coaches.
Comprehensive Hospital Program Significantly Reduces Clostridium difficile Infections 7/30/2014
Faced with an increase in the number of patients with Clostridium difficile infections, Florida Hospital Tampa implemented a comprehensive program to reduce environmental transmission of the bacterium, leading to a significant reduction in infections.
Comprehensive Program Featuring Registry, Self-Management Education, Action Plans, and Home Visits Reduces Asthma-Related Admissions and Emergency Department Visits 7/30/2014
A comprehensive asthma management program that includes a registry of all asthma patients, action plans, home visits from nurses, and specialized services for high-risk children led to a reduction in asthma-related hospitalizations and pediatric emergency department visits.
Policy School District Uses Policies and Related Programs to Improve Health, Behavior, and Academic Performance of Students with Asthma and Reduce Absenteeism 7/30/2014
A school district’s multifaceted, collaborative initiative to reduce the impact of asthma includes multiple policies and subsequent programs such as electronic monitoring, case management, and stakeholder-specific education, leading to fewer asthma-related absences and better academic performance, behavior, health, and quality of life for students with asthma.
Policy Statewide Health Information Exchange Generates High Levels of Participation and Many Reports of Improved Quality and Efficiency 7/30/2014
The nation's first statewide health information exchange, the Delaware Health Information Network gives clinicians immediate access to patient-specific health data from other providers, leading to higher quality and more efficient care.
QualityTools
Cancer Clusters: A Toolkit for Communicators 6/18/2014
This toolkit provides resources for public health communicators when dealing with reports of suspected cancer clusters in a residential or community setting.
Common Ground: Public Health Preparedness Toolkit 5/7/2014
The Common Ground Project was designed to assist chronic disease and preparedness departments in public health agencies by documenting and defining business processes common to each of them and identifying the requirements for information systems that would support these processes.
CLABSI Toolkit – Preventing Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections: Useful Tools, An International Perspective 1/29/2014
The overarching goal of the central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) toolkit is to provide the most current information and guidance on practices and technology, as well as the most appropriate tools, resources, and education to assist health care organizations in reducing the current burden associated with CLABSIs.
Eliminating Health Care–Associated Infections: State Policy Options 7/3/2013
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide guidance to senior policy makers on various promising ways to use legal and policy interventions as tools to implement comprehensive HAI prevention programs.
ASCO/CAPĀ Guideline Recommendations for HER2 Testing in Breast Cancer: Reporting Elements for IHC and FISH 4/10/2013
This tool from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and College of American Pathologists (CAP) lists all the elements that should be reported in each HER2 (Human epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2) status report.
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Last updated: July 30, 2014.