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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.
E-Mail and Telephone Contact Replaces Most Patient Visits in Primary Care Practice, Leads to More Engaged Patients and Time Savings for Physicians 8/27/2014
GreenField Health in Portland, OR, uses e-mail and telephone communications for the majority of patient contacts, thus saving physician time and freeing up capacity to serve patients who need inperson care more quickly.
Community Referral Liaisons Help Patients Reduce Risky Health Behaviors, Leading to Improvements in Health Status 8/13/2014
A community health educator referral liaison receives physician referrals of patients with risky health behaviors; the liaison links patients with community resources, offers counseling and encouragement over the telephone, and provides feedback to the physicians.
Emergency Department–Based Case Managers Throughout County Electronically Schedule Clinic Appointments for Underserved Patients, Allowing Many to Establish a Medical Home 8/13/2014
Emergency department–based case managers at nine Milwaukee hospitals use electronic technologies to schedule and track attendance at follow-up clinic appointments for low-income, uninsured patients who come to the emergency department with nonurgent needs, allowing many such patients to establish a medical home.
Health Navigators Support Self-Management With Primary Care Patients, Leading to Improved Behaviors and Lower Utilization 8/13/2014
Health navigators help primary care patients access medical and community resources, leading to significant improvements in health-related and self-management behaviors and health outcomes and to meaningful declines in emergency department and inpatient utilization.
QualityTools
How-to Guide: Sustainability and Spread 6/4/2014
This guide provides information for hospitals on how to sustain and spread improvements they have made since adopting interventions from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 5 Million Lives Campaign.
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.
Options for Large-Scale Spread of Simple, High-Impact Interventions: Technical Report 3/12/2014
This report outlines what is known to be effective in the adoption and spread of high-impact interventions, presenting several illustrative approaches for spread and lessons learned from applying them.
Partnering in Self-Management Support: A Toolkit for Clinicians 3/12/2014
This toolkit is intended to give busy clinical practices an introduction to a set of activities and changes that support patients and families in the day-to-day management of chronic conditions.
Quality Improvement Savings Tracker Worksheet 3/12/2014
This worksheet can be used by health care organizations to track cost savings associated with waste reduction efforts and to adjust for annual changes.

Last updated: August 27, 2014.