Algorithm-Based Decision Support System Guides Trauma Staff During Initial Treatment, Leading to Fewer Medical Errors
A computerized decision support system uses algorithms and real-time patient information to guide the resuscitation of trauma patients, leading to fewer medical errors.
Clinics and Hospitals Use Trained, Certified Community Members To Screen and Support Primary Care and Postdischarge Patients, Reducing Physician Visits and Costs
Specially trained and certified lay workers known as "Grand-Aides" use illness-specific protocols to ensure that patients receive appropriate treatment in primary care settings and to ease the transition from hospital to home after discharge. The primary care-based program has reduced unnecessary visits and demonstrated the potential to reduce costs. Early data from one hospital program show significant reductions in readmissions.
Patient Flow Improvements Eliminate Ambulance Diversions and Reduce Waiting Times for Inpatient Beds
A hospital used a multipronged strategy to reduce delays in patient admission and discharge, eliminating ambulance diversions and reducing waiting times for patients who require inpatient admission.
Redesigned Inpatient Care Model Increases Quality and Patient Satisfaction, Reduces Costs and Length of Stay
A redesigned inpatient care model based on Toyota Production System principles uses daily multidisciplinary clinical team visits, individualized care plans, and facility and staffing changes to reduce costs and average length of stay and improve adherence to recommended care processes, nurse productivity, and patient, staff, and physician satisfaction.
Comprehensive Program Including Specialized Inpatient Unit, Standardized Protocols, and Interdisciplinary Team Improves Care Quality for Geriatric Patients
A comprehensive program consisting of standardized protocols, an interdisciplinary team, a specialized inpatient unit, education and training support, and community outreach improves inpatient care for the elderly.