Organizational Processes Affected by the Innovation

Innovations

Real-Time Vital Sign Monitoring Ensures Timely Care for At-Risk Patients, Leading to Fewer Unplanned Intensive Care Unit Admissions and Out-of-Intensive Care Unit Cardiac Arrests 01/28/08

Saint Mary's Health Care enhanced its hospital-based rapid response team by implementing a real-time, vital sign monitoring system that identifies and allows a quick response to high-risk patients.

Automated Pharmacy Alerts Followed by Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration Reduce Inappropriate Prescriptions Among Elderly Outpatients 01/28/08

Kaiser Permanente Colorado developed a computerized alert system to notify pharmacists when elderly patients are prescribed potentially inappropriate medications; alerted pharmacists consult with the physicians to discuss the prescription, leading to a reduction in inappropriate prescribing.

Group Visits Expand Capacity to Serve Dementia Patients and Caregivers, Result in High Levels of Patient and Provider Satisfaction 01/28/08

Group visits allow substantially more patients with dementia to be served with only a modest increase in clinician time, leading to high levels of patient, caregiver, and provider satisfaction.

Team Communication Improvement Initiatives Enhance a Hospital's Culture of Safety, Leading to Improved Outcomes 01/28/08

Abington Memorial Hospital pursued a number of activities to build a culture of safety, including TeamSTEPPS ™ (Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety) training and other initiatives to enhance communication and awareness of safety issues.

Back Care Program That Emphasizes Pain Control and Behavioral Modifications Reduces Pain Levels and Lost Workdays 01/28/08

A health plan-led program that encourages patients with chronic low back pain to increase exercise, use appropriate medications, and reduce stresses on the back led to reduced pain levels and absenteeism.

Practice Enhancement Assistants Improve Quality of Care in Primary Care Practices 01/25/08

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.

Unit-Based Safety Program Improves Safety Culture, Reduces Medication Errors and Length of Stay 01/25/08

The Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) improves patient safety awareness and quality of care by empowering staff to take charge, create partnerships between units, improve organizational culture, and obtain resources for unit efforts.

Public Health-Led Disease Management Programs Improve Outcomes for Individuals With Diabetes and Children With Asthma 01/25/08

A county health department implemented disease management programs for uninsured and underinsured, low-income diabetes, asthma, and heart failure patients, leading to improved outcomes.

Real-Time Clinical Reminder System Improves Performance on Quality Measures 01/25/08

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.

Retail Walk-In Clinics Provide Easy Access to Low-Cost Primary Care Services 01/25/08

MinuteClinic operates walk-in, low-cost primary care clinics located within retail stores.

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