What's New | July 21, 2010
Chronic Disease Management
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths annually and account for 75 percent of the nation’s health spending, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, most chronic diseases can be prevented and/or managed.
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The featured Innovations describe three programs designed to prevent and/or manage chronic diseases and improve clinical outcomes.
The featured QualityTools provide clinicians and patients with practical guidance on ways to prevent and/or manage chronic diseases, including asthma and diabetes.
Also in This Issue:
Children's Hospital–Based Safety Store Offers Low-Cost and Free Child Safety Products, Leading to Reports of Lives Saved, Injuries Prevented
Co-Located, Independent Primary Care and Specialty Practices Collaborate to Enhance Access, Improve Quality and Satisfaction
Community Partnerships Target High-Risk Populations, Leading to More Effective, Lower-Cost Hepatitis Screening
Emergency Department-Based Phlebotomists Expedite Blood Sample Collection and Turnaround Time, Reduce Specimen Contamination and Cost, and Increase Patient Satisfaction
Home-Like, Self-Directed Environment Provides Superior Quality of Life Than in Traditional Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
Protocols, 24-Hour Neurologist Access, and Ongoing Training Lead to More Patients Receiving Timely Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment
School-Based Prenatal Care Coordination Program Enhances Access to Culturally Sensitive Care, Improves Birth Outcomes for Immigrant and Minority Teens
Team Communication Improvement Initiatives Enhance a Hospital’s Culture of Safety, Leading to Improved Outcomes
Team Triage Reduces Emergency Department Walkouts, Improves Patient Care