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Health Information Privacy and Security: A 10 Step Plan 01/13/14

Health Information Privacy and Security: A 10 Step Plan is an online tool that helps health care providers and organizations meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements for protecting patient information in electronic health records. The tool provides practical tips in four areas:

  • Preparation
  • Risk analysis and action plan
  • Risk management
  • Meaningful use
The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User's Guide 12/10/13

The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) is a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. It was designed to be completed by professionals, including health care providers, health librarians, and others tasked with providing high-quality materials to patients or consumers. It can help professionals select from the many patient education materials available to determine those that are easier to understand and...

The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard: An Assessment Tool for Employers To Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke, and Related Health Conditions 12/10/13

This tool is designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have applied evidence-based health promotion interventions in their worksites to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The CDC Health ScoreCard can establish benchmarks and track improvements (evaluation) over time for various health topics and promotion programs.

The tool contains 100 questions that assess how evidence-based health promotion...

Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Quality Measures 12/06/13

This guide, for primary health care practitioners, researchers, and measurement experts, provides measures and practices for integrating behavioral health care into primary care, or preparing for integration. The atlas focuses on the components of quality that support and guide integration of services by—

  • Presenting a framework for understanding measurement of integrated care
  • Providing a list of existing measures relevant to integrated behavioral health care
  • ...
Health Assessments in Primary Care: A How-to Guide for Clinicians and Staff 11/29/13

The purpose of this guide is to provide a framework and practical, evidenced-based guidance for primary care teams to adopt and successfully implement health assessments in primary care practices.

The guide can help any practice interested in health assessments:

  • Practices with limited experience in implementing health assessments
  • Practices that have struggled with implementing health assessments in the past
  • Practices experienced in implementing...
Potential Measures for Clinical–Community Relationships: A Supplement to the Clinical–Community Relationships Measures Atlas 11/25/13

This report is a supplement to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Clinical–Community Relationships Measures (CCRM) Atlas, which provides a list of existing measures for assessing the structures, processes, and outcomes associated with clinical–community relationships for prevention. In this supplement, the investigators suggest 52 potential measures or measurement concepts that could be developed to fill the gaps in measurements for domains included in the Atlas....

Medication Safety Tools 11/19/13

These three online resources funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) can help community pharmacies and outpatient settings improve medication safety and protect patients from the adverse effects of medication errors.

The following tools are available:

  • High-Alert Medications Consumer Leaflets are patient education checklists developed during a study of...
Telemental Health Guide 11/18/13

The Telemental Health Guide provides essential information for developing, implementing, and sustaining a telemental health program to improve access to mental health services. It was designed for use by clinicians, administrators, consumers, policymakers, and community members.

The guide provides the following information:

  • An overview of telemental health
  • How telemental health improves access to mental health services
  • The steps to develop a...
Universal ICU Decolonization: An Enhanced Protocol 11/05/13

The Universal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Decolonization Protocol combines a comprehensive implementation readiness assessment with scientific rationale and training tools for implementation of a universal decolonization strategy to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and bloodstream infections in adults. It is intended for use by acute care hospitals that serve critically ill adults in dedicated ICUs. This enhanced protocol provides a scientific foundation for...

Minnesota Community Measurement: Provider Tools and Resources 11/05/13

These tools and resources for providers and health professionals complement the categories of data reported by the Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM). MNCM creates and refines measures, and collects and reports health care data used to drive improvement in health care. The tools and resources encourage safe, efficient, and effective patient care; and provide a general overview of comparative data and performance reporting.

The tools and resources are divided into the following...

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