A hospital-based telephone triage system allows patients to describe their symptoms to a nurse, who uses an algorithm to assess acuity and determine the best setting for treatment, leading to reductions in emergency department patient volumes, wait times, average length of stay, and walkouts.
A hospital emergency department distributes pagers to the families of low acuity/medically stable children, allowing them to leave the examination area while waiting for test results and physician recommendations, thus freeing up emergency department beds for other patients.
Childcare centers and elementary schools in the Rochester area have access to a Web-based telemedicine system that allows clinicians to provide remote diagnoses and recommendations for sick children.
Swedish Medical Center implemented a new service request system in which physicians and staff requesting services must prioritize the order into one of four categories. The four-category system applies to all hospital orders, including laboratory tests, requests for assistance from personnel, and facility repairs.
AeroClinic operated walk-in health care clinics that provided minor ill-care/well-care services for travelers and airport employees as well as occupational health services for airport employers in the Philadelphia and Atlanta airports.
A rapid response team defuses crisis situations for children with complex behavioral needs.
Acuity-adaptable inpatient rooms improve care quality and reduce costs in a cardiac care unit by drastically decreasing patient transfers.
An evidence-based teamwork and communication program implemented in the labor and delivery unit of Madigan Army Medical Center led to an improved care process.
The surgical hospitalist model improves care and revenues for hospital-based emergency surgical care.