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Innovation Profiles and Attempts

Innovation Profiles describe innovations that have achieved some level of success. Innovation Profiles contain five sections:

  • Snapshot - An overview of the innovation which includes a brief summary of the key elements of the innovation and the impact or results achieved, in addition to the developing organization/s, patient population, date first implemented, and evidence rating.
  • What They Did - A description of the key problem(s) that the innovation addresses, the population affected by the innovation, and any pertinent quality measures. This section includes citations and innovator contact information.
  • Did it Work? - A description of the overall results of the innovation, a summary of key results with supporting data, and a rating of the strength of evidence. Select to learn more about the evidence rating.
  • How They Did It - A description of the context of the innovation (type of organization, environmental factors, local impetus for the innovation), the planning and development process, information on staffing and financial costs of the innovation, funding sources, and links to related resources.
  • Adoption Considerations– Advice from the innovator regarding what is needed to get started with and to sustain the innovation. This section also includes other considerations, lessons, and information about its use by other organizations if applicable.

Innovation Attempts describe projects that did not succeed as planned because they could not be implemented or sustained, did not achieve desired results, or had unexpected negative consequences. Attempts are presented for health care organizations to learn from and build upon. Innovation Attempts contain four sections:

  • Snapshot– An overview of the attempt which includes a brief summary of the key elements of the innovation and the results, in addition to the developing organization/s, patient population, and date first implemented.
  • What They Did - A description of the key problem(s) that the innovation addresses, the population affected by the innovation, and any pertinent quality measures. This section includes citations and innovator contact information.
  • Did It Work?– A description of the overall results of the innovation with a summary of key results with supporting data.
  • What They Learned - A summary of lessons learned by the innovator, with an emphasis on the challenges that arose and what the innovator might have done differently.

Each innovation profile and innovation attempt provides a printable view via the Print link (print Print) and the ability to share the page on social media or through email via the Share link (Share button).

QualityTools

QualityTools includes a variety of materials such as worksheets, questionnaires, fact sheets, databases, benchmarks, software, planning resources, calculators, algorithms, checklists, and brochures. QualityTool summaries include the following information:

  • A brief description of the tool, its purpose, and its intended audience.
  • Link/s to the tool
  • Developer/s of the tool
  • Funding sources
  • Tool release date

Each QualityTool provides a printable view via the Print link (print Print) and the ability to send a recipient a link to the QualityTool via the E-mail link (email E-mail Link).

Search

The Search feature is structured to perform a faceted search, which enables users to combine text searches, taxonomy term filtering, and other search criteria to enhance the navigation experience and produce better search results.

The Innovations Exchange taxonomy is a classification system for attaching labels (a.k.a. tags or meta-data) to the innovation profiles and other content on the site so that it may be browsed and searched according to these descriptors in addition to the text of the profile itself. This allows for more refined navigation through the site content and helps users find relevant content more easily. The taxonomy classifies key aspects of each innovative activity according to dimensions of most relevance to users. These aspects make up the axes (a.k.a. categories) of the taxonomy; an axis may include both general and more detailed levels as defined in parent-child relationships (e.g., major disease categories and specific diseases are part of one axis).

Main Search Engine

The main search engine is accessed via the Search box on the home page or in the masthead. It is not case-sensitive. It operates by seeking matches with search terms from two distinct types of data pulled from the contents of the Innovations Exchange: a layer of semantic metadata associated with a content piece, and the exact matches of words or phrases in the text. Semantic matches are those based on the meaning of the search terms and the concepts they describe, allowing the user to find pertinent information without having to search for all synonyms of a given search term. To supplement these semantic results, the search engine provides content that contains exact matches to the search terms. By default, search results display a short summary of the content below the title of each search result. 

Browse by Subject

Browse by Subject allows the user to browse the Innovations Exchange collection by main topics or subject areas, and can be accessed either from the horizontal navigation bar. Each subject lists relevant subcategories and the numbers of Innovations and QualityTools available on the Web site for each subcategory. 

To browse by subject:

  • Go to the Browse by Subject page.
  • Select the subject of interest to view Innovations and QualityTools.

Accessibility

You can navigate the Innovations Exchange site by mouse or by keystroke. Pressing the “Tab” key will advance you to the next link option on the page. Pressing the “Enter” key while on a link will take you to the linked document or site. To return to the previous link on the page, hold the “Shift” key and press “Tab.”

Each page on the site has the following as its first two links:

  • A link to the main content of the page.
  • A link to the site’s main navigational menu.

All animations begin immediately once the page has loaded, but you can stop them at any time. On the home page, the controls for the slide carousel are located within the image box. Once you select the Pause button, it will become the Play button and you can resume the animation by selecting the button again.

 

How do I download the entire collection of Innovation Profiles and/or QualityTools from the Health Care Innovations Exchange?

The entire Health Care Innovations Exchange collection (Innovation Profiles and QualityTools) is freely available for download.

Two databases are available and must be downloaded separately:
    (1) A database that contains the text of all Innovation Profiles and Attempts; and
    (2) A database that contains the text of all QualityTools.

For more information and to download one or both databases, go to the download page.

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