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txt4health 03/13/12

This free, mobile health program delivers personalized text messages to help individuals understand their risk for type 2 diabetes and become more informed about the steps they can take to lead healthy lives. Individuals who sign up for txt4health will receive text messages each week with timely, relevant information to help them improve and manage their health.

Types of messages include the following:

  • Risk profile
  • Connection to local resources
  • ...
Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records 02/02/12

This online guide, for health care providers, information technology specialists, and system administrators, helps in planning and avoiding possible problems when implementing and using an electronic health record (EHR). Developed to provide practical, troubleshooting knowledge and resources for all types of health care organizations, the guide is based on the research literature, other practice-oriented guides for EHR implementation and use, research by its authors, and interviews with...

Effective Health Care Program: Tools and Resources 01/13/12

This section of the Effective Health Care Program Web site provides tools and resources to help consumers, clinicians, policymakers, and others make more informed health care decisions. The materials cover various health topics and are developed through patient-centered outcomes research. The site also provides materials for researchers and others interested in the systematic study of evidence and research methods.

Tools and resources include:

  • Patient decision...
Public Health Performance Improvement Toolkit 12/08/11

The Public Health Performance Improvement Toolkit is an online collection of tools such as archived trainings, sample quality-improvement products, templates, and related resources. These tools have been developed by public health practitioners through their work in public health improvement and in preparation for national voluntary accreditation. The toolkit is continuously updated with new additions from the work of National Network of Public Health Institutes programs, members, and...

Health Information Technology Toolkit for Physician Offices 12/08/11

This toolkit for physician offices helps these health care organizations assess their readiness, plan, select, implement, make effective use of, and exchange important information about the clients they serve. The toolkit contains resources and tools for telehealth, health information exchange, and personal health records.

The toolkit supplies a variety of tools for use at different points in health information technology adoption. It consists of seven stages categorized into...

Always Events® Toolbox 12/08/11

This toolbox contains tools and strategies to assist health care professionals in implementing Always Events ® initiatives and meeting their patient- and family-centered care goals. Always Events ® are defined as “those aspects of the patient and family experience that should always occur when patients interact with healthcare professionals and the delivery system.”

These tools and strategies were developed by numerous health care professionals from...

Center for Health IT Tutorials 12/08/11

These tutorials are informational resources and interactive tools to help health care professionals and administrators learn more about electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (HIT). The tutorials cover the basics of preparing for, selecting, implementing, and maintaining an EHR in various health care settings. The content offers basic information about how to prepare for an EHR, selecting the right system, redesigning office workflow, and maintaining and improving...

Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer: Weighing the Options 11/04/11

This tool is an online continuing education program (CME) for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, case managers, health educators, and medical assistants. The course addresses key findings and clinical applications from a systematic review of comparative risks and benefits of therapies for clinically localized prostate cancer. This CME activity covers the core competencies and educational needs for medical knowledge, practice-based learning and...

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...
Interactive Asthma Action Plan (iAAP) 10/26/11

The interactive Asthma Action Plan (iAAP) is a computerized clinical decision support tool for health care providers who treat asthma patients. It helps patients and physicians manage and prevent asthma symptoms, while providing information to the patient’s health care team. The iAAP program creates patient-specific treatment plans, which are available in English and Spanish.

The iAAP is available via a Web-based kiosk or can be downloaded to run either on a desktop or for...

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