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Asthma Return-on-Investment Calculator 08/05/10

The Asthma Return-on-Investment (ROI) Calculator is a tool for exploring potential financial returns from quality improvement and disease management programs for populations diagnosed with asthma.

This tool provides estimates based on an analysis of 52 research studies on improving asthma care and what those studies imply for cost savings. It also provides:

  • Information on how asthma-related costs are likely to change for:
    • Emergency department visits...
Health Information Technology Toolkit for Critical Access and Small Hospitals 07/22/10

The Health Information Technology (HIT) Toolkit for Critical Access and Small Hospitals helps these health care organizations assess their readiness and plan, select, implement, make effective use of, and exchange important information about the clients they serve. The toolkit contains numerous resources, including tools for telehealth, health information exchange, and personal health records.

The toolkit supplies a variety of tools for use at different points in HIT adoption. It...

Partners In Health: Mental Health, Primary Care And Substance Use Inter-Agency Collaboration Tool Kit, 2nd Edition 07/22/10

The purpose of this tool kit is to help primary care clinics, mental health agencies, and substance abuse programs work together seamlessly, coordinating needed care for the whole person, not just a portion, for easier access, greater consumer satisfaction, and better outcomes. It was developed by the Integrated Behavioral Health Project, whose ultimate goal is to enhance access to behavioral treatment services, improve treatment outcomes for underserved populations, and reduce the stigma...

Creating a Personal Medical Record 07/05/10

This educational video for consumers provides information regarding the benefits of creating a personal medical record and offers tips for how to create one. It features experts, including Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, discussing how to create a personal medical record, including what information should be included, who should have access to it, and new technologies that may help patients create and store their information.
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Telemedicine Standards & Guidelines 05/18/10

In an effort to help advance science and assure the uniform quality of services to patients, the American Telemedicine Association has developed several practice guidelines and technical standards for the field of telemedicine and telehealth. They include core standards that address a wide target group within the health care sector as they apply to individual practitioners, group practices, health care systems, and other providers of health-related services for the purposes of health care...

Electronic Health Record Selection Toolkit for Community Health Centers 04/28/10

This toolkit describes the differences between commercial and community health centers, and identifies the electronic health record system requirements that are unique to community health centers. It provides a practical list of functional criteria that should be considered when evaluating vendors that sell electronic health record systems to community health centers.

The toolkit includes the following worksheets:

  • Worksheet A: Functional criteria
  • Worksheet...
Pediatric Documentation Templates 04/28/10

These templates for acute and chronic conditions can assist providers when documenting a visit in an electronic health record by increasing the efficiency with which a visit is documented and enhancing adherence to clinical guidelines for those conditions. The templates are based on national guidelines and may be modified to suit a particular clinical practice’s needs.

Template examples available for download:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis and...
Electronic Health Record Adoption Process 04/01/10

This Web site provides support for physician offices and other health care settings in the adoption and use of health information technology and electronic health record (EHR) systems. It offers tools, links to resources, and suggestions for increasing the likelihood of a successful and complete EHR implementation.

The process of EHR adoption is explained in the following sections:

  • EHR planning/assessment of clinic readiness
  • EHR workflow software
  • Vendor...
Reduce Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Health Care: Fact Sheet 03/23/10

This fact sheet describes the problems and highlights some of the solutions to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in health care. It addresses the following topics:

  • What is the problem?
  • Eliminating fraud and abuse: What’s at stake?
  • How much does wasteful spending cost?
  • Wasteful spending and conflicts of interest
  • What can be done?
Increasing Efficiency and Enhancing Value in Health Care: Ways to Achieve Savings in Operating Costs per Year 03/23/10

This white paper describes the concepts and steps necessary to systematically identify and eliminate waste at health care organizations while maintaining or improving quality. It is divided into five sections:

  1. Three approaches to improving value
  2. Understanding the opportunity to decrease cost by reducing waste
  3. Developing a portfolio of waste reduction projects to reach the goal
  4. Tools for tracking “dark green dollars”
  5. Integrating waste...

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