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Archived Acuity-Adaptable Inpatient Rooms Eliminate Most Patient Transfers, Leading to Enhanced Safety, Satisfaction, and Efficiency 8/27/2014
Acuity-adaptable inpatient rooms improve care quality and reduce costs in a cardiac care unit by drastically decreasing patient transfers.
Adoption of Rapid Cycle Improvement Process From Toyota Increases Efficiency and Productivity at Community Health Clinics 8/27/2014
Community clinics use the Toyota "Lean" rapid cycle process improvement system to enhance efficiency and productivity, leading to a significant increase in revenues.
Attempt Alerts and Decision Support for Abnormal Laboratory Values Do Not Improve Clinical Management or Reduce Adverse Events 8/27/2014
The combination of clinical alerts and decision support related to abnormal laboratory values had no impact on the clinical management of patients or the frequency of adverse events.
Comprehensive Vaccine Program More Than Triples Immunization Rates for Children 8/27/2014
A comprehensive vaccine program more than tripled childhood immunization rates through provider training, immunization tracking, reminders for physicians and parents when immunizations are not up-to-date, and nurse-run immunization clinics.
Electronic Referrals and Communications Reduce Wait Times for Specialty Appointments and Improve Clinician Communication and Quality of Care 8/27/2014
Electronic communications between primary care clinicians and specialists enhance access to specialty expertise for patients served by a hospital's referral network of safety net clinics.
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Health Information Privacy and Security: A 10 Step Plan 8/27/2014
Health Information Privacy and Security: A 10 Step Plan provides health care providers and organizations with practical tips on how to protect patient information in electronic health records.
Your Heart, Your Life: A Lay Health Educator's Program 8/27/2014
The Your Heart, Your Life program for lay health educators can help them learn about heart health and how to teach others.
Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records 8/13/2014
This online guide, for health care providers, information technology specialists, and system administrators, helps in planning and avoiding possible problems when implementing and using an electronic health record (EHR).
Improving Patient Safety in Hospitals: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 8/13/2014
This document contains references to Web sites that provide practical resources hospitals can use to implement changes to improve patient safety culture and patient safety.
National Quality Strategy Stakeholder Toolkit 8/13/2014
The NQS created this Stakeholder Toolkit to support the activities of private and public organizations to advance the mission of the NQS. This toolkit contains fact sheets that can be printed and distributed, blogs and social media announcements for online use, and briefing slides for presentations.

Last updated: August 27, 2014.