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Care Coordination: Strategies to Reduce Avoidable Emergency Department Use 08/09/12

This guide offers advice and interventions that practices can use to help their patients reduce avoidable emergency department visits. It covers the following topics:

  1. Educating patients on appropriate use
  2. Enhancing access to the primary care practice
  3. Improving care coordination and care transitions
This guide is a supplement to Care Coordination: Reducing Care Fragmentation in Primary Care, which is recommended as a starting point for...
Severe Sepsis Practice Alert and Tools 07/13/12

This Practice Alert from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) provides brief, vital instructions to improve management and prevent mortality in patients with severe sepsis. AACN Practice Alerts TM are short directives designed for easy reference. The first part of the Practice Alert is the clinical information followed by references to support the clinical statements.

This Practice Alert also includes the following tools:

  • Severe...
Patient-Centered Medical Home 07/10/12

This Web site from the American Academy of Family Physicians provides step-by-step project plans and tools to build a patient-centered medical home. It also includes a checklist for practices to determine if they are already a patient-centered medical home.

The Web site is divided into the following sections:

  • Practice organization
  • Health information technology
  • Quality care
  • Patient-centered care
Cultural Competency in Mental Health Peer-Run Programs and Self-Help Groups: A Tool to Assess and Enhance Your Services 06/28/12

This tool, for program managers of mental health peer-run programs and self-help groups, provides a step-by-step process to assess and cultivate cultural competency. The guide helps program managers identify strengths and limitations in five key organizational areas to meet the needs of its members. The five focus areas follow:

  1. Administration, policies, and guidelines
  2. Peer providers and group leaders
  3. Services and support
  4. Program and group environment...
Implementation Toolsets for E-Prescribing 06/22/12

These two toolsets offer step-by-step guides for implementing an electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) system in different settings. One is aimed at health care provider organizations, ranging from small independent offices to larger medical groups and “safety net” clinics, and the other is aimed at independent pharmacies.

The following toolsets are available:

  1. A Toolset for E-Prescribing Implementation in Physician Offices: The purpose is...
AMA Weigh What Matters 06/07/12

This smartphone application (app), part of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Healthier Life Steps ™ initiative, encourages adult patients to work with their physicians to maintain a healthy weight, eat better, and increase physical activity. The app also calculates a user’s body mass index (BMI) score and provides a mechanism to view progress reports and e-mail them to their physician.

Key features allow users to:

  • Establish a weight goal
  • Establish daily...
SuperTracker: My foods. My fitness. My health. 05/29/12

The SuperTracker helps consumers get a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan, track their foods and physical activities to see how they stack up, and get tips and support to help them make healthier choices and plan ahead.

The SuperTracker includes the following features:

  • Food-a-Pedia: Look up nutrition info for more than 8,000 foods and compare foods side by side
  • Food Tracker: Track the foods you eat and compare to your nutrition targets...
Does It Run in the Family? 05/09/12

This tool can help consumers collect their family health history information and share it with relatives and health care providers. It creates personalized booklets that individuals, families, and communities can use to learn more about family health history, increase their communication about health, and become healthier people. The booklets have many parts that can be customized: personal stories about health, pictures of familiar faces, questions to ask relatives, disease information,...

Dartmouth Atlas Project 05/09/12

The Dartmouth Atlas Project Web site provides data and information on how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians. This research has helped policymakers, the media, health care analysts, and others improve their understanding of the health care system and forms the foundation for...

Focus on ADHD Software 05/09/12

This software program assists physicians in identifying the optimal medication dosage for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Used in conjunction with a clinical plan, physicians can modify medications to suit the child’s needs. The tool can also aid in conversations with family members regarding treatment.

The Focus software is written in Visual Basic to run in Microsoft Access. The software is designed to:

  • Perform calculations needed...

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