Primary Care Practices Improve Patient Satisfaction With Communication of Outpatient Laboratory Test Results
Primary care clinicians were able to expedite communication of outpatient laboratory and imaging test results to patients with the help of an automated test results management system.
Shelter-Based Medical Care and Case Management Enhance Access to Services for Homeless Women, Improve Outcomes, and Lower Costs
Volunteer physicians, supported by paid nurse case managers, provide homeless women with needed medical care in homeless shelters and connect the women to other needed medical and social services. The program has enhanced access to services, improved outcomes, and generated significant cost savings.
Fall Prevention Toolkit Facilitates Customized Risk Assessment and Prevention Strategies, Reducing Inpatient Falls
A fall prevention toolkit uses a computerized algorithm to assess the risk of falling, identify patient-specific risk factors, and design individualized interventions to reduce those risks, leading to fewer falls in the inpatient setting.
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.
Electronic System for Tracking Test Results Pending at Hospital Discharge Draws Little Use or Enthusiasm From Hospitalists
Hospitalists used an electronic application to track the pending test results of recently discharged inpatients; the application proved to be of limited value, with nearly half of hospitalists never using it and nearly all reporting multiple barriers to doing so.
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Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety)
This Web site provides information and tools related to a 2-year study that is currently underway in the Partners Healthcare System (PHS), entitled Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety). The study aims to prevent patient falls in hospitals by identifying better ways to communicate information about a patient's risk for falls, and working with patients and family members to put a plan in place to prevent falls.
Time and Motion Database
This database for health care providers accurately captures time and motion data to evaluate whether and to what extent health information technology applications—including computerized provider order entry, electronic prescribing, and electronic health records—help physicians and clinicians perform routine tasks faster.