This Web site provides tools and resources developed by the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) that can assist in carrying out quality improvement projects. The tools and resources are a combination of tools developed through VCHIP’s various projects, relevant Web pages, and key publications of active and completed projects.
The Web site is divided into the following sections:
- Early childhood
- School age and adolescence ...
The Children’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Format, for EHR system developers, provides information about critical functionality, data elements, and other requirements needed in an EHR system to improve quality measurement and collection of clinical quality data. The information helps address health care needs specific to the care of children, especially those enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The tool includes a minimum set of data elements and...
This Web site offers resources to support HIV and sexually transmitted diseases prevention programs in schools. The resources provide education, training, and more to assist in decreasing sexual risk behaviors among students. Tools available include fact sheets, campaigns, guides, and curricula in the following areas:
- Evidence-based prevention
- Sexual health education
- Counseling and testing
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
- Social media...
This tool provides a six-step approach for providers and physicians to implement an electronic health record (EHR) system in their practice. Each step provides process and outcome goals, and resources to help assess and determine if an EHR will help improve quality of patient care.
The tool is organized by the six steps and includes the following materials:
- Step 1: Assess your practice readiness
- Change management for EHR...
The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services includes U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening, counseling, and preventive medication topics and includes clinical considerations for each topic. This new pocket guide is an authoritative source for making decisions about preventive services.
The 2014 guide covers USPSTF new and updated recommendations from 2004 through May 2014, topics in development, background about the USPSTF, and...
Smiles for Life is a comprehensive oral health curriculum for primary care clinicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, students, and educators. The set of courses, available online or for download, is designed to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups through the development and dissemination of high-quality educational resources.
The modules include the following:
- The relationship of oral to...
Team Strategy and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS ®) is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and other teamwork skills. This multimedia resource kit helps organizations plan, conduct, and evaluate its team training program. It includes ready-to-use materials and training curricula necessary to integrate teamwork principles into all areas of a health care system.
This kit includes the...
This Web site provides hospitals and health systems tools and resources to improve their systems of care when responding to a patient with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Resources such as checklists, algorithms, protocols, strategies, requirements, fact sheets, and more are available under the following areas:
- Emergency medical services
- Referral center
- Receiving center
The Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture is designed specifically for community pharmacy staff and asks for their opinions about the culture of patient safety in their pharmacy. This Web page provides tools to help assess safety and quality-improvement areas to make changes in the facility. Included is a toolkit and the 2012 preliminary comparative results.
The toolkit includes the following:
- Survey form
- Survey composites and items
- Survey user’s...
The American Dental Association launched the Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) program as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children.
The GKAS Program Planning Toolbox is a resource for dentists and other team members interested in implementing the program in their community. The guide includes a step-by-step timetable on how to plan an educational, screening, or treatment event; how to promote the event...