Active care processes: diagnosis and treatment
Primary care clinics integrate a full-time behavioral health team and part-time consulting psychiatrist into the practice, enhancing access to behavioral health services, helping patients become more engaged in their own care, and increasing primary care clinician involvement in addressing patients' behavioral health issues.
Supported by a central data repository, a statewide managed care plan for children and young adults in foster care provides ongoing care coordination, linkages to community-based services, and psychotropic drug utilization reviews, leading to better care access, better followup after mental illness hospitalization, and less use of psychotropic drugs.
The MyRx Medication Adherence Program offers culturally and linguistically tailored medication management and health education to seniors with hypertension or diabetes who were living in the community.
As an adjunct to traditional morbidity and mortality reviews, a teaching hospital convenes representatives from its 11 surgical groups on a quarterly basis to review mortality-related data and discuss trends, problems, and opportunities for systematic improvement, leading to lower mortality rates and better performance on a composite quality measure.
This culturally tailored program educates minority populations with diabetes, hypertension, or overweight/obesity about appropriate management of these conditions.
Children's National Health System has an emergency department–based clinic that serves low-income, minority children and teenagers with asthma.
Trained peers educate and support veterans in managing their blood pressure during regularly scheduled monthly meetings at Veterans Service Organization posts.
The Quality Health Network used an inclusive design process and invested significant time and resources in promoting and supporting use of its health information exchange, which serves patients and providers in seven counties in rural western Colorado.
An integrated electronic system for scheduling elective surgical procedures and obtaining informed consent eliminates delays and other problems due to incomplete or missing consent forms, illegible handwriting, and missing equipment.
Primary care practices leverage information technologies to identify patients at risk of undiagnosed hypertension and schedule them for automated office blood pressure measurement, reducing the likelihood of remaining undiagnosed by more than 70 percent.