Mobile kiosks enhance access to health information for low-income women with limited literacy, leading to increased motivation to adopt healthier behaviors.
A hospital used a multipronged strategy to reduce delays in patient admission and discharge, eliminating ambulance diversions and reducing waiting times for patients who require inpatient admission.
Biweekly counseling over a 1-year period helped rural women who completed a lifestyle intervention maintain their weight loss, with telephone-based counseling being less expensive and time-consuming than face-to-face group sessions.
Primary care physicians and offsite clinicians use communications technology to enhance coordination of care for geriatric patients with chronic health problems, leading to fewer emergency department visits, enhanced patient satisfaction and understanding of medications, and more referrals for needed care.
A children's hospital–based, nonprofit store offers low-cost and/or free child safety products, including products specifically designed for children with special needs; anecdotal evidence suggests that the program has saved lives and prevented injuries.
A children's hospital empowers families to directly activate its pediatric rapid response team in case of a suspected emergency situation, leading to a significant increase in calls to the team by family and staff.
A Medicaid managed care organization uses cell phone text messaging to remind members with type 2 diabetes to get regular blood glucose testing, leading to a significant increase in the percentage of members receiving tests on a regular basis.
Patients received a mailed package that included a personalized letter from the patient's physician, a colon cancer screening decision aid video, and instructions for scheduling a screening test without an office visit.
A two-hospital system implemented an intravenous infusion safety initiative that has helped avoid many infusion-related errors, leading to significant cost savings and high levels of nurse satisfaction.
VITAS Telecare service centers address a wide variety of hospice patient and family needs after hours, providing advice and comfort over the telephone and dispatching nurses to patient homes when necessary.