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A Toolkit for Redesign in Health Care: Final Report 12/17/07

This toolkit presents strategies for comprehensively redesigning and transforming hospital care processes. It includes a discussion of the forces that compel health care systems to embark on redesign or system transformation, a series of steps to be taken in planning for redesign or system transformation, and strategies for translating information gathered into proposed projects for implementation.

This toolkit presents the following major topics:

  • Forces that compel system...
Birth Defects Surveillance Report Card 12/17/07

This tool presents the results of a Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) report, which gives each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, a letter grade based on their efforts to monitor and research birth defects.

This site also provides access to the following features:

  • Full report
  • Full technical report with appendices
  • News release
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • News coverage on birth defects report
  • ...
Quality of Health Care for Medicare Beneficiaries: A Chartbook--Focusing on the Elderly Living in the Community 12/17/07

This 186-page chartbook is based on a broad review of recently published studies and reports, conducted to present a coherent picture of the quality of health care for elderly Medicare beneficiaries living in the community. The results are presented in 60 charts.

The topics in this chartbook are presented as follows:

  • Summary and highlights
  • Introduction
    • Overview: Progress, gaps, and variations
    • Challenges in measuring quality for the elderly population...
The Health Manager's Toolkit 12/17/07

The Health Manager’s Toolkit is an electronic compendium of tools designed to assist health professionals at all levels of an organization to provide accessible high-quality and sustainable health services.

The following tools are contained in this toolkit:

  • Clinical services and quality management tools
    • Helps in the management of health services delivery at both the clinic and the community levels
  • Community...
The Guide to Managing for Quality 12/17/07

This Web site can be used to help managers develop a practical, useful, and interactive resource that they can use to improve quality in the many different types of health and family planning programs in which they work. The following topics and concepts are addressed:

  • Problemsolving
    • Identify the problem
    • Describe the problem
    • Analyze the problem
    • Plan the solution
    • Implement the solution
    • Monitor/evaluate the solution
  • ...
Rural Information Center: Rural Health 12/17/07

The Rural Information Center (RIC) provides information and referral services to local, tribal, State, and Federal government officials; community organizations; rural electric and telephone cooperatives; libraries; businesses; and citizens working to maintain the vitality of America’s rural areas. The RIC Web site contains more than 2,500 links to current and reliable information on a wide variety of rural resources and funding sources on the following topics:

  • Agricultural safety...
Quality of Health Care for Children and Adolescents: A Chartbook 12/17/07

This chartbook is the first comprehensive national report on the quality of pediatric care. The researchers reviewed over 500 studies and synthesized this information into 40 charts that provide a portrait of the current state of pediatric health care.

The chartbook finds dramatic progress in some areas–such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections in pediatric intensive care units–and serious challenges in many others–such as gaps in preventive care and developmental services. It...

Health Information Technology Costs & Benefits Database 12/17/07

This database contains literature articles about the costs and/or benefits of health information technology (HIT) and is searchable in a variety of ways. The Web site also contains information about how the database was developed and about barriers to the implementation of HIT.

This Web page includes the following sections:

  • Search database according to the following criteria:
    • HIT elements
    • Institute of Medicine categories
    • Types of health...
Improving the Quality of Home and Community Based Services and Supports, Work Book 12/17/07

This workbook helps States improve the quality of home- and community-based programs and supports (HCBS) programs. It will help users understand, design, implement, document, and monitor the components of a quality improvement (QI) process for HCBS programs.

This workbook is arranged into the following chapters:

  • Getting started
  • Preliminary assessment
  • Select a topic for the QI project
  • Identify barriers and actions
  • Define measures and data...
Child Health Care Quality Toolbox: Measuring Quality in Children's Health Programs 12/17/07

This Web site contains concepts, tips, and tools for evaluating the quality of health care for children. This online resource can help to answer the following (and related) questions about measuring health care quality in child health programs:

  • How can you tell whether children are receiving quality health care?
  • How do you know when a health program is functioning effectively?
  • Where can you find tools to help answer these questions?
  • If the right tool is not...

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