Adopting "Flow Management" Improves Efficiency, Throughput, and Quality of Care in Hospital Surgery Units
Borrowing from other industries, a large hospital implemented principles of "flow management" to redesign the flow of operations in its surgical department, leading to enhanced quality of care, improved patient and provider satisfaction, and reductions in the frequency of delayed and canceled surgeries.
Automated, Telephone-Based Interactive, Language-Appropriate Monitoring Engages and Improves Health Behaviors of Low-Income Diabetes Patients
The Automated Telephone Diabetes Management program, a part of the IDEALL project, provided automated telephone monitoring of individuals with poorly controlled type II diabetes who receive their care at four safety net clinics in San Francisco.
Navy Medical Home Clinics, Staffed by Integrated Primary Care Teams and Supported by Web-Based Systems, Improve Screening Rates, Access to Care, and Patient-Provider Communication
Integrated primary care teams in medical home clinics, supported by a Web-based portal and personal health records, provide proactive, coordinated care, leading to higher screening rates, better access to care, and improved patient–provider communication.
Practice-Based Teams of Clinicians and Development Experts Enhance Access to Care and Improve Parenting Skills and Knowledge Among Children and Their Families
Healthy Steps for Young Children (Healthy Steps) is a national initiative that encourages use of clinician-childhood development expert teams in physician offices to promote the use of timely preventive care; parent education and support; and other interventions to address the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children from birth to age 3.
Standardized Tools and Protocols Increase Provision of Recommended Care in Key Clinical Areas, Reducing Hospital Mortality
A hospital implemented new processes to increase the provision of recommended care for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia, and surgery patients, leading to significant improvements in quality and a 25 percent reduction in mortality.
Safety Net Medical Home Initiative: Resources and Tools
This library of publicly available resources and tools can help safety net providers understand and implement the patient-centered medical home model of care.
Identifying Children and Families at Risk
This Web page from the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program offers tools and resources to help States identify families and children at risk.
STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Materials
The STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Commonwealth Fund aims to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations. This Web site features guides, presentations, and other tools related to reducing readmissions.
Establishing a Child Health Improvement Partnership: A How-to Guide
This guide attempts to share the best thinking and knowledge about what existing IPs have been able to accomplish.
This Web site, for health care providers, offers “how to” resources on using technology to assist care coordination and improve the independence of older adults.