An information exchange system enabled clinicians serving Medicaid beneficiaries to immediately access patient-specific hospital discharge, laboratory test, and medication data from other providers, leading to enhanced efficiency and safety and lower costs.
Faced with an increase in the number of patients with Clostridium difficile infections, Florida Hospital Tampa implemented a comprehensive program to reduce environmental transmission of the bacterium, leading to a significant reduction in infections.
New health system–wide infrastructure facilitates better adherence to recommended practices, lower mortality, and the virtual elimination of code blues.
Parents of overweight children completed a workbook, attended two discussion groups, and received up to 10 recorded, interactive phone messages promoting a healthy diet and physical activity, leading to a marked reduction in their children's body mass index.
Asthma educators help patients, providers, school nurses, childcare providers, pharmacists, and others in the community achieve optimal asthma treatment, leading to fewer hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and missed work days.
A mobile health clinic provides a medical home to homeless and other at-risk youth, leading to fewer emergency department visits, more follow up care, and high levels of satisfaction.
Daily, telehealth-enabled symptom monitoring combined with as-needed interactions with a nurse reduced unexpected clinic visits and inpatient use among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Real-time clinical decision and documentation support through an electronic health record leads to more appropriate prescribing of antibiotics for respiratory infections and increased use of appropriate therapies and improved documentation for patients with diabetes and coronary artery disease.
A physician group offers financial incentives to its physicians to encourage use of various health information technologies, including a new electronic medical record system and electronic radiology ordering system.
Providers routinely offer HIV testing to emergency department patients as a part of their visit, leading to a 50 percent increase in the number of patients tested.