HealthSpring's Partnership for Quality program offers bonuses to physician practices and onsite care coordination and disease management support, leading to significantly better outcomes and reduced costs for Medicare Advantage enrollees.
A partnership between a large health system and 512 churches supports the transition from the hospital back into the community, leading to lower mortality, health care utilization, and health care costs and to higher satisfaction with hospital care.
Individual and group support enhances the skills and knowledge of those caring for patients with dementia, leading to less caregiver burden and depression and fewer problem behaviors among patients.
An adjustable “diet wheel” posted on each inpatient's doorway indicates which of 15 physician-ordered diets a patient should receive and prompts dietary staff to check that food trays match the ordered diet, leading to fewer diet-related miscommunications, mistakes, and interruptions.
An automated reporting system communicates critical laboratory test results to physicians via pager, allowing the vast majority of results to be quickly communicated to and acknowledged by physicians, and virtually eliminating thousands of calls historically made by laboratory technologists to relay such information.
Pathologists provide a paragraph of patient-specific analysis as a supplement to traditional laboratory test results, leading to fewer ordering errors, time savings, and quicker diagnoses.
The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University transformed its monthly morbidity and mortality conferences from didactic teaching opportunities for residents into interactive, multidisciplinary quality improvement forums.
Medical librarians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Eskind Biomedical Library developed a rapid turnaround service to provide answers to medical queries from clinicians that are based on the latest evidence-based research.
A church-based program trains congregational members to be volunteer “health representatives” for their churches. These representatives provide health and disease prevention education and health screenings related to health priorities established by the church and its pastor, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
The combination of multidisciplinary, physician-led rounds and a set of evidence-based best practices (known as “bundles”) decreased nosocomial infection rates and costs in the intensive care unit.