Electronic medical records
The Mid America Heart Institute of Saint Luke's Hospital developed a customized consent process based on a computer-generated consent form for cardiac catheterization and related interventional procedures.
Swedish Medical Center implemented a new service request system in which physicians and staff requesting services must prioritize the order into one of four categories. The four-category system applies to all hospital orders, including laboratory tests, requests for assistance from personnel, and facility repairs.
As part of the Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders (GRACE) program, social worker/nurse practitioner teams collaborate with a larger interdisciplinary team and primary care physicians to develop and implement individualized care plans for low-income seniors, leading to significant improvements in health status.
Medical librarians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Eskind Biomedical Library developed a rapid turnaround service to provide answers to medical queries from clinicians that are based on the latest evidence-based research.
Reconciling patient and provider medication lists reduces discrepancies, leading to enhanced medication safety and high levels of patient and provider satisfaction in the outpatient setting.
A hospital-based outpatient disease management program serves patients with asthma, chronic heart failure, and diabetes and offers smoking cessation services to smokers. Unlike traditional disease management programs, this initiative heavily involves physicians in the initial referral and throughout the process and targets services toward the sickest patients (rather than to all patients with the condition).
Penobscot Community Health Center provides onsite services at a community health clinic, with psychiatric and medical professionals offering primary care, disease management, mental health, and substance abuse services, along with referrals to additional mental health and other specialty services that may be needed.
In collaboration with several community partners, the University of Texas Medical Branch provides remote mental health assessment and treatment services via videoconferencing technology and onsite case management to low-income, minority, and other students and parents in seven school-based primary care clinics in the Galveston Independent School District.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta developed and implemented a comprehensive skin care program to reduce pressure ulcers in its intensive care units, reducing pressure ulcer incidence by 59 percent.
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.