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Spine Clinic Offers Same-Day Appointments and Immediate Physical Therapy for Uncomplicated Back Pain, Reducing Absenteeism, Followup Appointments, and Costs 12/19/14

Virginia Mason Medical Center created a spine clinic that provides rapid, efficient treatment for uncomplicated low back pain, with the goal of allowing patients to return to their jobs and other regular activities as soon as possible.

Home Telemonitoring Does Not Improve Blood Pressure or Glycemic Control in Diabetes Patients 11/06/14

Home telemonitoring did not improve blood pressure or blood glucose control in diabetes patients with out-of-range values.

Web-Based System for Scheduling and Informed Consent Eliminates Surgical Delays and Problems Related to Consent Forms, Handwriting, and Equipment 09/17/14

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.

Community-Based Health Coaches and Care Coordinators Reduce Readmissions Using Information Technology To Identify and Support At-Risk Medicare Patients After Discharge 03/23/14

Supported by mobile technology, trained health coaches and nurse care coordinators use home visits and telephone-based monitoring to identify and address declines in health status in recently discharged Medicare patients, leading to a significant reduction in readmissions and associated cost savings.

Real-Time Location System Tracks Staff, Patients, and Equipment, Reducing Costs, Improving Infection Control and Room Turnaround, and Generating High Satisfaction 02/27/14

Hospitals use a real-time location system to track employees, patients, and/or major pieces of equipment, leading to lower equipment costs, better infection control processes, faster room turnaround, and high levels of patient, physician, and staff satisfaction.

Community Cancer Coalition Employs Navigators Who Enhance Access to Free Colonoscopy Screening for Uninsured Rural Patients 01/17/14

A community cancer coalition employs navigators who work with community health centers in rural areas to identify those in need of colorectal cancer screening via colonoscopy and facilitate access to such screening, leading to more referrals and screenings and to more cancers and precancerous polyps being detected and treated.

Neurologists Enhance Access to Specialty Care Through Virtual, In-Home Visits for Patients With Parkinson's Disease, Generating High Levels of Satisfaction 01/17/14

Neurologists with expertise in movement disorders enhance access to specialty care by offering virtual house calls to patients with Parkinson's disease, generating very high levels of patient satisfaction.

Statewide Ban on Ambulance Diversions Reduces Ambulance Turnaround Time and Emergency Department Length of Stay for Patients Admitted to the Hospital 01/14/14

Massachusetts banned ambulance diversions and helped hospitals respond to the ban by improving patient flow, leading to reductions in emergency department length of stay for admitted patients, shorter turnaround times for ambulances, and strong support from emergency department leaders who believe the ban has yielded multiple benefits.

Foundation Develops Community-Based HIV Testing and Partnerships With Medical Homes, Leading to More Timely Linkages to Care for Newly Diagnosed Patients 11/25/13

A local foundation developed community-based testing programs and partnerships with medical homes to provide real-time linkages to HIV care to newly diagnosed patients and to support these patients in transitioning to care, nearly doubling the number of patients initiating treatment.
 

Citywide Collaborative Implements Multiple Initiatives That Reduce Appointment Wait Times, Readmissions, and Emergency Department Use for Low-Income Minority Patients 11/10/13

A public–private urban health partnership develops multiple initiatives to expand access to high-quality, coordinated health care for vulnerable residents, leading to shorter wait times for appointments, improvements in patient–provider continuity, and reductions in readmissions and emergency department use.

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