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On-Time Quality Improvement Manual for Long-Term Care Facilities 06/22/11

The On-Time Quality Improvement program is a practical approach to quality improvement (QI) in long-term care, embedding QI strategies and best practices into health information technology. This manual is an introduction to the On-Time QI approach. It provides an overview of the tools and process improvements and describes the implementation process. Target users are stakeholders interested in nursing home QI, nursing home leaders responsible for deciding QI priorities, and nursing home...

HCUP Online Tutorial Series 06/22/11

This series of free, interactive courses provide Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data users with information about HCUP data and tools, and training on technical methods for conducting research with HCUP data. The online courses are modular, so users can either move through an entire course, or access sections that interest them the most.

The courses include the following:

  • HCUP overview course
  • Load and check HCUP data
  • Calculating...
PreventObesity.net 06/21/11

This Web site, for community leaders and organizers, helps build on the movement to reverse childhood obesity. The Web site connects individuals working to change policies and environments to help children and families eat well and move more, especially in communities at highest risk for obesity. It provides tools to help people organize more easily, more powerfully and with greater reach and awareness.

Free registration is required to gain full access to all of the tools and...

The Health Communicator's Social Media Toolkit 05/24/11

This toolkit for health communicators provides information on using social media to improve the reach of their health messages, increase access to their content, further participation with audiences, and advance transparency to improve health communication efforts. The toolkit is intended for a beginner audience, although some viewers with an intermediate level may find parts of the toolkit useful.

Topics covered include:

  • Social media introduction
    • Social...
Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project: Screening Tools 05/04/11

The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) is a system of regional children's mental health consultation teams designed to help primary care providers (PCPs) meet the needs of children with psychiatric problems.

Some of the MassHealth-approved screening tools for children younger than 21 are:

  • Primary Care Behavioral Health Toolkit
  • CRAFFT Toolkit
  • Diagnosis specific screens for:
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Anxiety...
Partnering in Self-Management Support: A Toolkit for Clinicians 03/25/11

This toolkit is intended to give busy clinical practices an introduction to a set of activities and changes that support patients and families in the day-to-day management of chronic conditions. Experienced organizations and teams will find tested resources and tools. Practices that are just beginning to reorganize for patient-centered care as well as those experienced in collaborative self-management will find tested resources and tools and high-leverage changes that offer a number of ways...

How-To Guide for Telepharmacy 03/03/11

The purpose of the How-To Guide for Telepharmacy is to provide valuable information and guidelines for pharmacists, rural communities, and others on how to successfully implement a telepharmacy program. These programs are designed to restore and retain retail and hospital pharmacy services in communities that are located in remote, medically underserved areas.

This guide is organized into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Step-by-step...
Customized Common Industry Format Template for Electronic Health Record Usability Testing 03/02/11

This document can assist electronic health record (EHR) vendors, health care providers, and researchers in effectively communicating the results of EHR usability testing. It provides a template to guide EHR usability test administrators to meet the usability processes approach put forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The document also includes appendices that provide the following:

  • Sample recruiting screener
  • Participant...
NIST Guide to the Processes Approach for Improving the Usability of Electronic Health Records 02/23/11

The NIST Guide to the Processes Approach for Improving the Usability of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) provides practical guidance on methods relating to user-centered design (UCD) and usability testing. Specific information is provided, in the context of EHRs, on to how to recruit participants, develop the moderator ‘s guide, write tasks, conduct usability tests, record the data, develop the report, and, ultimately, improve the application.

Health Shack™ 02/01/11

Health Shack assists in the development of independent and emancipated youth by providing an electronic Personal Health Information System (PHIS) designed for and with these youth. It offers informational resources, as well as safe keeping and accessibility for important life documents.

This service allows its members to download and store important health information, so that when a member or a care provider needs the information, they can get it quickly. Health Shack members...

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