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Electronic Isolation Flags and Weekly Rounds by Infection Control Staff Improve Adherence to Contact Precautions 02/13/11

Through electronic flagging of infected patients and weekly surveillance rounds, infection control staff increased adherence to contact precautions from 58 to 90 percent.

Referring Physicians Send Electronic Handoff Note With Pertinent Patient Information to Emergency Department, Improving Physician Efficiency and Quality of Care 02/03/11

Community-based physicians send an electronic handoff note with pertinent information to Northwestern Memorial Hospital's emergency department personnel when referring patients for emergency care, leading to improvements in physician efficiency and satisfaction, care coordination, and the quality and timeliness of care.

Fall Prevention Toolkit Facilitates Customized Risk Assessment and Prevention Strategies, Reducing Inpatient Falls 01/22/11

A fall prevention toolkit uses a computerized algorithm to assess the risk of falling, identify patient-specific risk factors, and design individualized interventions to reduce those risks, leading to fewer falls in the inpatient setting.

Personal Health Record Facilitates Ongoing Monitoring and Communication, Improving Engagement and Outcomes in Low-Income Diabetes Patients 01/11/11

A free, online personal health record assists diabetes patients and their clinicians in monitoring key clinical indicators, communicating during and between office visits, and sharing information with other relevant individuals, leading to enhanced levels of patient engagement and improved blood glucose control.

14-Hospital Telepharmacy Program Reduces Order Processing Time, Frees Up Pharmacists for Quality-Enhancing Initiatives, and Saves Money 01/06/11

A telepharmacy program enables offsite pharmacists to review and approve medication orders in 14 hospitals, leading to expanded hours of service, reduced order processing times, enhanced pharmacy services, higher nurse satisfaction, freed up pharmacist time, and more than $1 million in annual cost savings.

Low Overhead Clinic Extends Access to Affordable, Culturally Competent Conventional and Alternative Medicine for Uninsured and Underinsured 12/24/10

A low-overhead clinic enhances access to a broad array of culturally competent, low-cost conventional and alternative medicine services for underinsured, uninsured, and immigrant populations.

Algorithm Enhances Provision of Preventive Treatment to At-Risk Inpatients, Reducing Incidence of Venous Thromboembolism 12/21/10

Providers use a computerized algorithm to classify inpatients as low, moderate, or high risk, and then prescribe anticoagulant (blood thinner) medication and/or mechanical devices as appropriate, leading to reduced incidence of venous thromboembolism.

Emergency Medical Technician Screening of Rural-Dwelling Older Adults Enhances Access to Needed Health and Social Services 12/17/10

Emergency medical technicians screen rural-dwelling older adults for depression, medication-related problems, and falls. A case manager follows up with at-risk individuals to conduct an in-home assessment and provide needed referrals, leading to enhanced access to medical and social services and high levels of satisfaction.

Proactive Office Encounter Systematically Identifies and Addresses Preventive and Chronic Care Needs at Every Primary Care and Specialty Visit 11/30/10

Nurses and medical assistants use electronic tools and standardized workflows and processes before, during, and after the patient encounter to identify and address preventive, screening, and chronic care needs at every primary and specialty care visit, leading to greater adherence to recommended care processes and better blood pressure control in those with diabetes and hypertension.

Web-Based Triage and Scheduling System Generates High Levels of Patient Satisfaction, Enhances Access to Sexual Health Services 11/04/10

Sexual health clinics offer patients the option of requesting an appointment for nonurgent conditions via a Web-based system; the program has proven quite popular with patients and, along with other initiatives, has enhanced the clinics' ability to offer appointments quickly and serve new patients.

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