Reflection on Innovation Centers Summit

The proliferation of information technology in the last decade in the realm of healthcare delivery signifies a disruptive change in the way healthcare businesses are organized and care is delivered. Increasing investments in healthcare IT (HIT), the passing of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), and the successful defense of […]Continue reading «Reflection on Innovation Centers Summit»

Top 5: New Health IT Resources from the AHRQ Innovations Exchange

Featured in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange, these five new  Innovation Profiles focus on health IT: Automated, Telephone-Based Interactive, Language-Appropriate Monitoring Engages and Improves Health Behaviors of Low-Income Diabetes Patients (link) Daily Patient-Provider Communication and Data Transfer Using Mobile Phones Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs for Teens With Chronic Asthma  […]Continue reading «Top 5: New Health IT Resources from the AHRQ Innovations Exchange»

Top 5: New Health IT Resources from the AHRQ Innovations Exchange

Five new health IT Innovation Profiles from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange “Disease Management Programs Improve Adherence to Evidence-Based Processes and Outcomes by Targeting Sickest Patients and Working Closely With Physicians” (link) “Electronic Isolation Flags and Weekly Rounds by Infection Control Staff Improve Adherence to Contact Precautions” (link) “Full Disclosure of […]Continue reading «Top 5: New Health IT Resources from the AHRQ Innovations Exchange»

Top 5: New Health IT Resources from the AHRQ Innovations Exchange

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange has five new Innovation Profiles related to health IT: Community Pediatricians Use Software to Diagnose and Manage Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Leading to Improvements in Symptoms (link) Primary Care Managers Supported by Information Technology Systems Improve Outcomes, Reduce Costs For Patients With Complex Conditions (link) Statewide, Team-Based […]Continue reading «Top 5: New Health IT Resources from the AHRQ Innovations Exchange»

Top 5: New Health IT Resources from the AHRQ Innovations Exchange

The five latest health IT Innovation Profiles from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange: “Electronic Standing Orders Highlight Care Gaps and Allow Nonphysicians to Address Them, Leading to Increased Provision of Preventive Services” (link) “Referring Physicians Send Electronic Handoff Note With Pertinent Patient Information to Emergency Department, Improving Physician Efficiency and […]Continue reading «Top 5: New Health IT Resources from the AHRQ Innovations Exchange»

Top 5: New Health IT Resources from the AHRQ Innovations Exchange

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange has two new health IT Innovations and three new QualityTools, or “practical tools for assessing, measuring, promoting, and improving the quality of health care.” Innovations: Profiled is a pediatric subspecialist who allowed his patients to contact him by email and then found that it saved […]Continue reading «Top 5: New Health IT Resources from the AHRQ Innovations Exchange»

Top 5: New Health IT Innovation Profiles

Five new Innovation Profiles from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange (in alphabetical order): “Computerized Alerts Significantly Reduce D-Dimer Testing to Diagnose Blood Clots in Elderly Patients, Increase Use of More Accurate Alternative” “Electronic Isolation Flags and Weekly Rounds by Infection Control Staff Improve Adherence to Contact Precautions” LTCFocUS.org (Long-Term Care: […]Continue reading «Top 5: New Health IT Innovation Profiles»

One-Time Personalized Electronic Reminder to Patients Does Not Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

The AHRQ Innovations Exchange reviews a pilot program, supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and carried out by the multi-specialty medical group practice Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, that involved sending an electronic message to patients overdue for colorectal cancer screening via the practice’s personal health record messaging system.  It is reported […]Continue reading «One-Time Personalized Electronic Reminder to Patients Does Not Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening»

Referring Physicians Improve Efficiency and Quality of Care by Sending Electronic Handoff to Emergency Department

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange evaluates a program implemented at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital where community-based physicians use electronic “handoff notes” to inform the hospital’s emergency department when a patient is referred for emergency care. The notes, created with the template-based software application ExpectED, include demographic information, expected arrival time, […]Continue reading «Referring Physicians Improve Efficiency and Quality of Care by Sending Electronic Handoff to Emergency Department»

Electronic System for Tracking Test Results Pending at Hospital Discharge Rarely Used by Hospital Doctors

The AHRQ Innovations Exchange reports on the experience of Partners Healthcare System with implementing Results Manager, an electronic application that places patients on a “watch list” if test results are pending at discharge. Although participating hospital doctors occasionally reviewed the watch list to track reported results – particularly abnormal results that required action such as […]Continue reading «Electronic System for Tracking Test Results Pending at Hospital Discharge Rarely Used by Hospital Doctors»