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Journal Article > Review
Harrison MB, Keeping-Burke L, Godfrey CM, et al. Int J Evid Based Healthc. 2013;11:148-160.
Community-based health coaches and care coordinators reduce readmissions using information technology to identify and support at-risk Medicare patients after discharge.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health Care Innovations Exchange. July 30, 2014.
This article describes an intervention that trained health coaches to use mobile technology to assess the health status of recently discharged Medicare patients, first during an in-home visit 48 hours after leaving the hospital and then with weekly phone calls over a 3-week period. The program resulted in decreased readmission rates and significant cost savings.
Journal Article > Study
Toward increased patient safety? Electronic communication of medication information between nurses in home health care and general practitioners.
Lyngstad M, Melby L, Grimsmo A, Hellesø R. Home Health Care Manag Pract. 2013;25:203-211.
Safety issues, particularly medication errors, are common in patients receiving home health care. This study suggests that electronic communication between physicians and home care nurses may improve medication safety.
Carlowe J. Nursing Times. April 28, 2009.
This article focuses on the National Health Service's interest in patient safety in general practice settings and efforts to expand research in this area.