Influenza virus vaccine
A health system uses formal processes to track patients who meet core measure inclusion criteria, monitor gaps in care, investigate care variances, and share data and best practices, leading to a significant improvement in overall performance on the measures.
A hospital uses a multidisciplinary team, standing orders and reminder systems, manual medication reconciliation, and system-wide quality improvement to significantly improve performance on core measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.
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.
Norman Regional Health System uses an expanded role for pharmacists and nurses, ongoing monitoring and reporting, physician peer review, and financial incentives to improve performance on core measures, achieving adherence rates of 96 percent or more on 17 of 25 measures (above both State and national averages).
A large multispecialty clinic launched a multidimensional campaign to increase influenza immunizations of pregnant patients, with key elements including educating providers and nurses about the safety and effectiveness of immunizations, publicizing the immunization rates of individual obstetricians' patients, and making vaccinations a part of standing orders; the program led to a dramatic increase in the immunization rate over a 10-year period.
A multispecialty clinic promotes influenza vaccinations among employees by offering free vaccines, providing education about vaccine safety and effectiveness, designating an immunization champion within each clinic, and sponsoring friendly competitions across sites; the program led to more than doubling the employee immunization rate over a 7-year period.
Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Florida enhances access to influenza and pneumococcal vaccines by sponsoring a “drive-through” program each fall for seniors.
Both nurse-led and automated telephone outreach to elderly and chronically ill individuals increases vaccination rates.