A nurse specialist maintains regular telephone contact with the primary caregivers and health care providers of premature infants with chronic lung disease who are discharged from the hospital.
The University of Washington Physician's Network developed a wireless, pager-based messaging system to help diabetic patients better manage their condition. An evaluation of the initiative found that it had no impact on blood glucose levels, although blood pressure improved.
A collaborative effort to develop an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest registry and change 911 call routing and ambulance deployment processes led to a significant improvement in the cardiac arrest survival rate in Atlanta.
A pediatric asthma management program led to a significant decline in the percentage of patients with moderate to severe asthma, improved quality of life, and sizable decreases in hospitalizations and costs.
Primary care clinicians were able to expedite communication of outpatient laboratory and imaging test results to patients with the help of an automated test results management system.
Dupont Hospital introduced the principles of the Lean production model to its surgery department, leading to more than a doubling of the percentage of on-time surgery starts, from 27 to 66 percent.
The American Heart Association spearheaded a public education campaign (called “Restart Atlanta's Hearts”) to teach Atlanta area residents to identify individuals who are experiencing cardiac arrest and to act quickly to save them.
The emergency department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center established a program in which patients are quickly assessed in a triage area by a team consisting of a physician, a nurse, and a paramedic.
A multipronged active surveillance program for vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) significantly reduced VRE transmission rates in a 12-bed transplant intensive care unit.
The Marshfield Clinic is using electronic tools to facilitate care process redesign for patients with chronic illnesses, leading to enhanced quality and access to care, fewer hospitalizations and adverse events, and lower costs.