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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...
Medal.org (Medical Algorithms) 10/26/11

Medal.org has compiled and manages the largest pool of algorithms and computational procedures for health care evaluation, treatment, and administration. This resource consists of more than 17,000 authentic algorithms and computational instructions categorized into 45 medical specialties for all aspects of the medical field, complete with authoritative documentation and references for each algorithm.

Specialties include:

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonary medicine and...
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Risk Calculator 10/25/11

This calculator predicts the probability of a successful vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). It is based on the equation published in the article, “Does information available at admission for delivery improve prediction of vaginal birth after cesarean?” The objective of this study was to construct a predictive model for VBAC that combines factors that can be ascertained only as the pregnancy progresses with those known at initiation of prenatal care.

The calculator is designed...

Fit Together: You & Your Family 03/01/11

Fit Together is a statewide campaign in North Carolina designed to raise awareness about the dangers of unhealthy weight and to equip individuals, families, and communities with the tools needed to get healthier. This section of the Fit Together Web site provides tools that can be used by individuals and families to help make healthy changes.

Tools available include:

  • Key information and suggestions for maintaining a healthy weight
  • Tips for families to...
LEAN Works! Leading Employees to Activity and Nutrition 09/29/10

This resource offers interactive tools and evidence-based strategies to design effective worksite obesity prevention and control programs, including an obesity cost calculator that companies can use to estimate how much obesity is costing them and how much savings they could reap with different workplace interventions.

This Web site provides step-by-step guidance for employers that addresses the following questions:

  • Why should I create a program?
  • Where...
WhyNotTheBest.org 09/20/10

This Web site is designed for health care professionals interested in tracking performance on various measures of health care quality. The resources available assist organizations to compare their performance against that of peer organizations, against a range of benchmarks, and over time. The site provides tools like case studies, publications, and methodology.

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...
Prediction Tools 04/28/10

These tools are a set of computerized calculators to help patients and physicians decide among the major treatment choices for several cancers. The tools can be used to predict the chance of overall survival or cancer spread or assess risk for followup treatments or cancer recurrence.

These tools are available for the following types of cancer:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Gastric carcinoma...
Healthy Women Publications 04/01/10

This Web site provides many health information publications for women, covering topics from cancer to heart disease to reproductive health. The special health issues include guides and specialty booklets, tip/fact cards, and tip sheets to give the latest health information to female consumers. Select publications are available in English and Spanish.

Quality Improvement Savings Tracker Worksheet 03/17/10

This worksheet can be used by health care organizations to track cost savings associated with waste reduction efforts and to adjust for annual changes. The tool enables organizations to compare expenses in the area of interest to expenses incurred the year prior and adjust for wage increases and productivity/volume changes. Organizations can then use the worksheet to track any investments made with the savings accrued.

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