Issue Archive

2008

Issue Date: 09/15/08
The featured innovations describe programs that can increase positive health behaviors in youth, reduce risk factors, and improve communication with parents. The featured QualityTools educate health care practitioners and parents about ways to prevent diseases.
Issue Date: 09/01/08
The featured innovations describe collaborative models for integrating behavioral health care with primary care. The featured QualityTools educate practitioners about  common psychiatric disorders, prescribing practices, and community suicide prevention efforts.
Issue Date: 08/18/08
The innovations describe programs aimed at reducing conditions such as delirium and pressure ulcers experienced by the elderly in hospitals and nursing homes. The QualityTools describe best practices and quality improvement methods to care for the elderly.
Issue Date: 08/04/08
The innovations describe programs at local clinics and hospitals aimed at reducing medical and medication errors. The QualityTools present the latest patient safety information from national health care organizations.
Issue Date: 07/21/08
The featured innovations describe the bundling of evidence-based practices to reduce infections acquired in hospitals, especially intensive care units.
Issue Date: 07/07/08
More than 90 million Americans live with a chronic illness and many live with more than one. Seventy-five percent of the nation's aggregate health care spending is devoted to treating chronic illnesses.  Health care providers and payers have responded to this challenge by developing innovations in...
Issue Date: 06/23/08
In this issue, the featured innovations and QualityTools address health and health care disparities among vulnerable populations, which are defined by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geography, age, gender, and disability status. The featured innovations describe initiatives to deliver health...
Issue Date: 06/09/08
The featured innovations show how to extend specialty health care to rural and underserved populations by using telemedicine and health aides.
Issue Date: 05/26/08
An estimated 133 million people — or about one in two Americans —live with a chronic condition such as diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, or depression. Of that number, about half experience multiple chronic conditions.  Given that high prevalence, health care organizations are challenged to...
Issue Date: 05/12/08
Improving patient flow in hospitals increases patient safety, access to care, patient and staff satisfaction, and revenue.  Overcrowding in hospitals can lead to bottlenecks in patient flow, delays in care, lack of continuity in care, and other inefficiencies. The featured innovations describe how...
Issue Date: 04/28/08
In today's complex, fragmented, and volume-driven health care system, care has become centered around the system rather than the patient. Patient-centered care, as the Institute of Medicine 2001 report Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century noted, has the following...
Issue Date: 04/14/08
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site! This issue includes 100 Innovation Profiles that provide windows into a wide range of creative efforts to improve health care delivery in different settings—hospitals, medical offices, nursing homes, community...

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