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Culturally Appropriate, Interactive Decision Aid Yields High Quit Rates Among Underserved, Low-Literacy Latino and Hispanic Smokers 7/16/2014
A culturally appropriate, interactive decision aid placed at health fairs and in safety net clinics generates high levels of engagement among underserved Hispanic and Latino smokers, leading to well above-average quit rates.
Monthly Text Messages Increase Compliance With Recommended Blood Glucose Testing in Medicaid Managed Care Enrollees With Diabetes 7/2/2014
A Medicaid managed care organization uses cell phone text messaging to remind members with type 2 diabetes to get regular blood glucose testing, leading to a significant increase in the percentage of members receiving tests on a regular basis.
Smoking Cessation Intervention by Thoracic Surgeons Achieves Above Average Pre- and Postoperative Quit Rates 7/2/2014
During pre- and postsurgery visits, thoracic surgeons encourage lung cancer patients to quit smoking and provide assistance to help them do so, leading to a 35 percent quit rate, which is above the average quit rate documented in other smoking cessation programs.
System to Help Staff Locate Equipment Quickly Frees Up Nurse Time, Improving Care and Staff Satisfaction 7/2/2014
Nurses and other hospital staff use a radiofrequency identification system to pinpoint the location of needed equipment, leading to enhanced productivity, better equipment maintenance, expedited patient care and discharge, and high levels of nurse satisfaction.
Technology-Enabled Streamlining of Hospital Registration Process Reduces Check-In Times, Waiting Times, and Costs 7/2/2014
Heritage Valley Health System streamlined its patient registration process through use of electronic kiosks that its patients use to register and check in for appointments at outpatient clinics and hospitals.
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Policies To Reduce Health Care Disparities 9/25/2013

Last updated: July 16, 2014.