Efficiency

Innovations

Sleep Education and Other Support Significantly Reduces Turnover Among First-Year Nurses 03/17/10

A nurse retention program that incorporates sleep education and other support significantly reduced nurse turnover among first-year nurses.

Electronic Referrals and Communications Reduce Wait Times for Specialty Appointments and Improve Clinician Communication and Quality of Care 01/27/10

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 Real-Time Information and Documentation Capabilities at Point of Care Reduces Documentation Time and Generates Positive Patient Feedback 12/18/09

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.

Joint Radiologist–Pathologist Review of Diagnostic Findings Improves Care of Patients Being Screened for Breast Cancer 11/30/09

A pathologist and radiologists jointly review diagnostic test findings and develop care plans, leading to improved care of patients being screened for breast cancer.

Medical Home Features Small Panels, Long Visits, Outreach, and Caregiver Collaboration, Leading to Less Staff Burnout, Better Access and Quality, and Lower Utilization 11/18/09

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.

Nurse-Led, Unit-Based Quality Improvement Increases Amount of Time Spent With Patients, Reduces Falls and Nurse Turnover 09/02/09

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.

Hospital Employs Emergency Department–Based Physical Therapists, Leading to Improved Quality, Efficiency, and Patient/Physician Satisfaction 08/25/09

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 Nurse Practitioners and Creating a Multidisciplinary Care Team Reduce Length of Stay and Costs at Academic Medical Center 07/17/09

Adding a nurse practitioner and a multidisciplinary team reduced length of stay and costs at an academic medical center.

Instant Access to Clinical Information From Other Providers Leads to Reports of Higher Quality and Lower Costs for Medicaid Beneficiaries 06/30/09

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.

Laboratory Redesign Improves Staff Productivity, Leading to Reduction or Maintenance of Turnaround Times at Greater Specimen Volumes and Cost Savings 05/19/09

A hospital laboratory redesigned work processes, leading to faster turnaround times, enhanced staff productivity, and cost savings.

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