A nurse retention program that incorporates sleep education and other support significantly reduced nurse turnover among first-year nurses.
Electronic communications between primary care clinicians and specialists enhance access to specialty expertise for patients served by a hospital's referral network of safety net clinics.
Providing caregivers with accurate, timely information, automated prompts, and real-time documentation capabilities at the point of care reduces documentation time and leads to positive feedback from patients and generally positive feedback from nurses.
A pathologist and radiologists jointly review diagnostic test findings and develop care plans, leading to improved care of patients being screened for breast cancer.
A patient-centered medical home features smaller panel sizes and longer visits, pre- and postvisit outreach and care management, close communication and collaboration between physicians and other caregivers, upgrades to and better use of existing technology, and the elimination of productivity-based bonuses, leading to less staff burnout, fewer ambulatory sensitive admissions and emergency department visits, higher physician satisfaction, and improvements in access to and quality of care.
Seton Northwest Hospital continuously designs and tests nurse-led quality improvement projects at the patient's bedside, allowing nurses to be more efficient and spend more time with patients, reducing falls and nurse turnover, accelerating patient discharge, and yielding positive feedback from staff and patients.
Emergency department–based physical therapists provide care to patients with minor musculoskeletal problems, leading to anecdotal reports of improved quality, efficiency, and patient/physician satisfaction.
Adding a nurse practitioner and a multidisciplinary team reduced length of stay and costs at an academic medical center.
An information exchange system enabled clinicians serving Medicaid beneficiaries to immediately access patient-specific hospital discharge, laboratory test, and medication data from other providers, leading to enhanced efficiency and safety and lower costs.
A hospital laboratory redesigned work processes, leading to faster turnaround times, enhanced staff productivity, and cost savings.