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Early Identification and Intervention Leads to Lower-Than-Expected Rates of Schizophrenia for At-Risk Adolescents 7/30/2014
The Portland Identification and Early Referral program encourages community members to identify and refer adolescents with early warning signs of psychosis and then intervenes with counseling and medical therapy before the onset of full-syndrome psychosis.
Electronic Health Record–Facilitated Care Process Redesign Enhances Access to Care, Reduces Hospitalizations and Costs for Patients With Chronic Illnesses 7/30/2014
The Marshfield Clinic is using electronic tools to facilitate care process redesign for patients with chronic illnesses, leading to enhanced quality and access to care, fewer hospitalizations and adverse events, and lower costs.
Emergency Department-Based Phlebotomists Expedite Blood Sample Collection and Turnaround Time, Reduce Specimen Contamination and Cost, and Increase Patient Satisfaction 7/30/2014
During peak census hours, phlebotomists are assigned to work in the emergency department to quickly collect blood specimens and label them for priority processing and analysis by laboratory staff, leading to faster turnaround times, lower rates of blood culture contamination, more than $400,000 in annual cost savings, and higher levels of patient satisfaction.
Formalized, Technology-Enabled Referral Relationships Between Medical Center and Community Clinics Enhance Access and Reduce Inappropriate Emergency Department Visits 7/30/2014
A collaborative program leverages information technology to connect ED patients to a medical home and patients receiving care at FQHCs and county health clinics to specialists, leading to enhanced access to care, fewer ED visits, and significant cost savings.
Inner City Hospital Offers HIV Testing to All Emergency Department Patients, Improving Test Access and Subsequent Care for High-Risk Populations 7/30/2014
Providers routinely offer HIV testing to emergency department patients as a part of their visit, leading to a 50 percent increase in the number of patients tested.
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Door-to-Doc Patient Safety Toolkit 3/26/2014
"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.
Adherence Readiness Assessment 3/12/2014
This tool is used to help a patient/client be more adherent to their HIV medications by identifying possible barriers and helping the client overcome them.
Health Insurer Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 3/12/2014
The Health Insurer Pandemic Influenza Planning identifies important, targeted activities health insurers can do now to prepare for a pandemic. This checklist is organized according to business-related, employee-related, and communications-related activities.
Improving Your Office Testing Process: A Toolkit for Rapid-Cycle Patient Safety and Quality Improvement 3/12/2014
This toolkit provides information and resources to help physicians' offices, clinics, and other ambulatory care facilities assess and improve the testing process in their offices.
Intensive Care Unit Daily Goals Worksheet 3/12/2014
The goal of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Daily Goals Worksheet is to reduce ICU length of stay and mortality while increasing the care team’s understanding of the daily goals for patients in the ICU.

Last updated: July 30, 2014.