Medical record keeping
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute uses safety rounds with staff and patients, supported by a toolkit, to promote a culture of safety and reduce medical errors by proactively identifying and addressing potential safety problems.
Standardized plans of care, enabled by the Hands-on Automated Nursing Data System, helps nurses document and communicate patient information, which is particularly critical during patient handoffs.
Transitions coaches encourage recently hospitalized Medicare patients with complex care needs to assert a more active role in their posthospital care, leading to fewer readmissions and lower costs.
Multidisciplinary teams implemented a comprehensive medication reconciliation program for patient admissions, transfers, and discharge to significantly improve the reconciliation process.
A six-step process related to nurse shift changes is designed to enhance patient safety by conveying vital patient information accurately, concisely, and consistently, leading to improved nurse and patient satisfaction and more nurse time spent at the bedside.
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 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.
GreenField Health in Portland, OR, uses e-mail and telephone communications for the majority of patient contacts, thus saving physician time and freeing up capacity to serve patients who need inperson care more quickly.
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.
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.