Practice enhancement assistants improve patient care through practice audits and feedback, staff training, sharing of innovative ideas, and support in the development of systems and infrastructure.
A county health department implemented disease management programs for uninsured and underinsured, low-income diabetes, asthma, and heart failure patients, leading to improved outcomes.
Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School transformed the way services are delivered at their family practice clinics using an electronic clinical reminder and tracking system designed to support evidence-based quality improvement efforts.
MinuteClinic operates walk-in, low-cost primary care clinics located within retail stores.
A presurgical safety briefing held by the operating room team before every procedure has virtually eliminated wrong-site surgeries, enhanced operating room staff satisfaction and perceptions of safety, and reduced nurse turnover.
The Billings Clinic, an integrated health system in Billings, MT, addressed its rising rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections by making infection control a top institutional priority and by creating a comprehensive package that combines adoption and monitoring of strict infection control protocols, active surveillance, training and education, and the solicitation and implementation of employee ideas through an approach known as “positive deviance.” This term refers to the focus on uncommon strategies that lead to positive changes and results.
The Hasbro Children's Partial Hospital Program—a medical treatment day program for children ages 6 to 18 years old who have chronic medical illnesses and emotional issues—has demonstrated sustained positive outcomes of treatment on several measures, including quality of life, emotional symptoms, and family beliefs about illness.
The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System uses a standard, system-wide process to reduce central venous catheter–related infections, with a focus on adhering to evidence-based standards and protocols related to inserting, maintaining, and removing the catheters.
Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center implemented the Patient and Family Centered Care Methodology and Practice, a low-technology, systems-based approach to inpatient care that focuses on providing care from the patient's and family's perspective; the program is associated with high rates of patient satisfaction, functional status, and adherence to evidence-based care protocols, along with low infection rates and length of stay.
Aurora Health Care spearheaded a community-wide medication reconciliation initiative, involving health care consumers, providers, pharmacists, and community stakeholders, to improve the accuracy of elderly patients' medication lists.