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Spine Clinic Offers Same-Day Appointments and Immediate Physical Therapy for Uncomplicated Back Pain, Reducing Absenteeism, Followup Appointments, and Costs 12/19/14

Virginia Mason Medical Center created a spine clinic that provides rapid, efficient treatment for uncomplicated low back pain, with the goal of allowing patients to return to their...

Home Telemonitoring Does Not Improve Blood Pressure or Glycemic Control in Diabetes Patients 11/06/14

Six family medicine and internal medicine clinics affiliated with the University of Missouri provided diabetes patients who had uncontrolled blood pressure, uncontrolled blood glucose, or both...

Web-Based System for Scheduling and Informed Consent Eliminates Surgical Delays and Problems Related to Consent Forms, Handwriting, and Equipment 09/17/14

In collaboration with a hospital Web development team, surgeons at Cambridge Health Alliance conceived and implemented an integrated electronic system to schedule elective surgical procedures and...

Community-Based Health Coaches and Care Coordinators Reduce Readmissions Using Information Technology To Identify and Support At-Risk Medicare Patients After Discharge 03/23/14

Supported by mobile technology, trained health coaches at Elder Services of Merrimack Valley (an Area Agency on Aging in Northeastern Massachusetts) visit recently discharged Medicare patients in...

Real-Time Location System Tracks Staff, Patients, and Equipment, Reducing Costs, Improving Infection Control and Room Turnaround, and Generating High Satisfaction 02/27/14

Two hospitals (a 40-year-old flagship facility and a new 58-bed facility) that are part of the Texas Health Resources health system use a real-time location system enabled by radio frequency and...

QualityTools

Improving Your Office Testing Process: A Toolkit for Rapid-Cycle Patient Safety and Quality Improvement 09/30/13

This toolkit provides information and resources to help physicians' offices, clinics, and other ambulatory care facilities assess and improve the testing process in their offices. The tools will help office staff examine how tests are managed in...

Laboratory Medicine Best Practices (LMBP™): Tutorials 09/10/13

This set of online tutorials can assist laboratory professionals with the effective design and implementation of quality improvement studies to support the body of evidence needed to justify best practices in laboratory medicine.

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Sharing Specialty Services: A Business Guide and Toolkit for Community Clinics 06/18/13

This business planning guide is designed to assist community clinics and health centers (CCHCs) and clinic consortia as they consider developing networks to share specialty services. The guide walks the reader through the relevant planning...

Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool 04/16/13

The Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool is a self-assessment tool to be used by communities that wish to assess the current status of their paramedicine program. The assessment tool also provides a common framework by which data can be collected...

Improving Patient Flow and Reducing Emergency Department Crowding: A Guide for Hospitals 03/13/12

This guide, for hospital administrators and emergency department leaders, provides step-by-step instructions for planning and implementing patient flow improvement strategies to ease emergency department crowding.

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