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Mobile Health Roadmap 07/16/14

The Mobile Health Roadmap provides guidance to professionals, organizations, corporations, and health systems on the adoption of mobile and mHealth (mobile health) devices. Mobile devices are becoming increasingly present in the health community for providers and patients alike. The roadmap gives background information on each topic, followed by the current state of adoption and possible future improvements.

This roadmap has the following sections:

  • New care models
  • ...
Guidance for Control of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae 07/14/14

This toolkit was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help health care facilities protect patients from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and to prevent transmission of CRE. Expanding on 2009 CDC recommendations, the toolkit offers prevention strategies for acute and long-term care facilities, as well as regional prevention strategies for health departments. It includes measures based on history of identified CRE (none, rare, or common).
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HIPAA Security Risk Assessment 07/10/14

This online tool from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is designed to help small and medium-sized health care provider organizations conduct information security risk assessments required under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. Risk assessment helps an organization ensure it is complying with HIPAA’S administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. Assessment also helps reveal areas where an organization’s protected health...

Quality Indicators in Epilepsy Treatment Tool 06/26/14

The Quality Indicators in Epilepsy Treatment Tool (QUIET) is designed to help primary care and general neurology clinics benchmark the quality of care for adults with epilepsy. This tool can be useful for assessing the degree to which clinical care in these settings addresses the complexity of epilepsy treatment.

QUIET addresses the following aspects of care:

  • Evaluation of initial seizure
  • Initial diagnosis and treatment
  • Chronic epilepsy care
  • ...
Safety Net Medical Home Initiative: Resources and Tools 06/16/14

This library of publicly available resources and tools can help safety net providers understand and implement the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care. Users can navigate these free resources by type or topic or by the registry of tools and resources, which includes all resources and tools hosted on the Web site and those hyperlinked within documents on the site.

Resource types include the following:

  • PCMH assessment
  • Change concept resources:...
Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue 06/05/14

Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue is a clinical toolkit that provides evidence-based strategies, resources, best practices, and change implementation tools for reducing the impact of environmental alarms, thereby improving patient safety and increasing workplace effectiveness.

Alarm fatigue materials include the following:

  • Managing Alarm Fatigue: New Approaches and Best Practices
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses practice alert: Alarm...
Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Control and Prevention Toolkit 06/04/14

Leaders in infectious disease and infection control, as well as those concerned with patient safety and performance improvement, can use the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) control and prevention toolkit to develop interventions to control CRE.

The toolkit is organized into seven sections:

  1. Assessing your readiness for change
  2. Starting your project
  3. Putting your intervention into practice
  4. Implementing best practices
  5. ...
IMPaCT™ Model Tool Kit 06/04/14

The IMPaCT ™ model is an evidence-based system for community health worker (CHW) recruitment, training, and care. In the IMPaCT model, CHWs provide tailored support to help high-risk patients achieve individualized health goals. This toolkit is designed to help other organizations adapt and implement this model.

The toolkit includes the following resources:

  • Director manual
  • Participatory action research manual
  • Manager manual
  • IMPaCT...
Alarm Safety Resource Site 05/29/14

The Alarm Safety Resource Site provides guidance and tools to help health care facilities improve their alarm safety. The site includes links to guidance articles published by ECRI Institute through ECRI’s various membership groups, articles from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, blog posts, and news.

The free educational Web site is divided into the following sections:

  • Health devices webinars
  • Joint Commission resources
  • ECRI Institute alarms-...
Prehospital Medical Information System 05/21/14

The Prehospital Medical Information System (PreMIS) is a State-mandated, Internet-based emergency medical services (EMS) information system that collects data on each EMS call report made within the States of Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Submitted data provide hospitals and EMS administrators the capability to evaluate EMS patient care and system performance.

The PreMIS Web page includes video instructions and patient handoff forms. Although...

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