Online Communities Foster Data-Sharing, Communication, and Learning Among Patients With Neurologic and Other Chronic Diseases
Web-based communities allow patients with a variety of life-changing illnesses to record functional outcomes, share these data securely with clinicians and caregivers, and communicate with similar patients for support and learning.
Real-Time Decision and Documentation Support Increases Adherence to Recommended Care for Respiratory Infections, Diabetes, and Heart Disease
Real-time clinical decision and documentation support through an electronic health record leads to more appropriate prescribing of antibiotics for respiratory infections and increased use of appropriate therapies and improved documentation for patients with diabetes and coronary artery disease.
On-Call Attending Physicians Consult with Onsite Care Team via Home-Based Videoconferencing, Improving Care Timeliness, Quality, and Safety in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
On-call, pediatric intensive care unit attending physicians consult with onsite clinicians and patient/family members from their homes via audiovisual technology that allows real-time communication, leading to improved quality and timeliness of care and high levels of patient/family satisfaction.
Senior Center Provides Coaching and Self-Management Support to Community-Dwelling Elders, Reducing Disability Days and Hospitalizations and Enhancing Activities of Daily Living
A senior center–based practitioner meets with functionally independent, community-dwelling seniors to assess risk factors and develop a targeted self-management plan, and conducts followup visits and telephone calls with the seniors over a 6-month period to help them adhere to the plan. The program has led to fewer disability days and risk factors for disability, improved self-reported health status and ability to perform activities of daily living, and reduced inpatient utilization.
Electronic Referrals and Communications Reduce Wait Times for Specialty Appointments and Improve Clinician Communication and Quality of Care
Electronic communications between primary care clinicians and specialists enhance access to specialty expertise for patients served by a hospital's referral network of safety net clinics.
A Toolkit for the Well Child Screening of Military Children
This toolkit can help in the early identification of children coping with the unique, significant challenge of a parent's military deployment.
Creating Equity Reports: A Guide for Hospitals
This tool helps hospitals prepare equity reports, which identify ethnic and racial disparities in organizations and suggest ways to reduce them.
Palliative Care Tools
This collection of palliative care tools can help improve health care for patients near the end of life and their families.
Hand Hygiene at Massachusetts General Hospital: Because We Care
This guide, developed by Massachusetts General Hospital, provides information on hand hygiene for health care workers, patients, and visitors.
Pediatric Symptom Checklist
Health care professionals can use this psychosocial screening tool to help recognize cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems in children.