Standard Rollout Plan Tool 08/20/09

The Standard Rollout Plan Tool is a template for rolling out any new quality improvement initiative. It provides guidance to the initiator on all of the elements of a successful rollout, such as inclusion of stakeholders and developing plans for sustained success.

Clinical Care Guidelines: Asthma 06/07/09

This asthma guideline and the accompanying patient education and other materials can assist physicians in providing optimal care for patients in a cost-effective manner. The guideline focuses on important clinical decisions and actions in the context of overall case management. It is based on empirical evidence, other evidence-based guidelines prepared by nationally recognized groups, and expert consensus about practical considerations in providing care.

This site includes the following...
Virtual Integrated Practice (VIP) Toolkit 06/05/09
The Virtual Integrated Practice (VIP) toolkit is part of the VIP program, which is designed to develop effective team building and ongoing collaboration among health care providers who do not work together in practice in the same locations or even organizations. It replaces the logistical obstacles of having clinicians meet in person to discuss patient cases with a system of communicating and meeting “virtually” using an appropriate variety of readily available technologies.

Integrating Chronic Care and Business Strategies in the Safety Net: A Practice Coaching Manual 05/25/09

This practice coaching manual can help to improve clinical quality in an ambulatory setting effectively and efficiently.

The manual includes:

  • An overview of practice coaching and how various settings have used it to improve care
  • A summary of important characteristics and skills to look for when recruiting or training a practice coach
  • A description of a time-limited practice coaching intervention that includes a series of activities, companion...
Patient Encounter Form 04/08/09

This form can be used as a model for clinicians to establish a reminder system to improve quality measures and goals.

Patient visits can be guided by this customizable patient encounter form that is designed to incorporate a practice’s quality goals and measures. It can be printed automatically at patient arrival, manually on demand, or completed using a real-time Web interface.

In addition to documenting services due, diagnoses and problems, and actions taken, the...

Time and Motion Database 02/19/09

This database for health care providers accurately captures time and motion data to evaluate whether and to what extent health information technology applications—including computerized provider order entry, electronic prescribing, and electronic health records—help physicians and clinicians perform routine tasks faster.

The site also includes a user’s guide for the tool.

Microsoft ® Access 2000 or 2003 is required to run the database.

Using Telehealth to Improve Quality and Safety: Findings From the AHRQ Health Information Technology Portfolio 02/03/09

This report provides an overview of technical and organizational findings from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) health information technology (IT) grantees. It is the hope of AHRQ and its National Resource Center for Health Information Technology that others who wish to implement and use telehealth can learn from the experiences of these AHRQ projects.

The report is organized into the following sections:

  • Background
    • What is...
Clinical Microsystems Tools and Resources 02/02/09

This Web site presents the principles of clinical microsystems as well as related tools and resources to help health care professionals improve their practice care and outcomes.

Clinical microsystems are the front-line units that provide most health care to most people. They are the places where patients, families, and care teams meet. Microsystems also include support staff, processes, technology, and recurring patterns of information, behavior, and results.

This site...

Intensive Care Unit Daily Goals Worksheet 12/08/08

This worksheet helps to reduce intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay and mortality while increasing the care team’s understanding of the daily goals for patients in the ICU including:

  • What work needs to happen for the patient to leave the ICU
  • What is the greatest safety risk to the patient
  • What are the key processes for ventilator patients
  • What are the scheduled labs for the patient
  • Catheter care
  • What can be done to assist in...
Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Cycle 11/25/08

The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle is part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Model for Improvement, a simple yet powerful tool for accelerating quality improvement. Once a team has set an aim, established its membership, and developed measures to determine whether a change leads to an improvement, the next step is to test a change in the real work setting. The PDSA cycle is shorthand for testing a change—by planning it, trying it, observing the results, and acting on what is...


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