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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.
McLeod M, Barber N, Franklin BD. National Quality Measures Clearinghouse: Expert Commentaries; March 10, 2014.
Strategies to prevent medication errors are an ongoing focus in patient safety. This expert commentary discusses challenges associated with tracking medication administration failures and recommends regular monitoring of medication delivery practices to avoid errors.
Electronic Health Record Programs: Participation Has Increased, but Action Needed to Achieve Goals, Including Improved Quality of Care.
Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; March 6, 2014. Publication GAO-14-207.
This investigation found that although use of electronic health records (EHRs) in Medicare and Medicaid programs increased between 2011 and 2012, EHR systems lack the ability to track quality and safety to measure improvements. The report recommends developing a comprehensive strategy to compile clinical quality measurement data.
Wallace C, Zimmer KP, Possanza L, Giannini R, Solomon R. Washington, DC: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; November 15, 2013.
This white paper details how health care organizations can identify health information technology concerns and improve systems to reduce risks.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; August 2013. AHRQ Publication No. 13-0067-EF.
This report summarizes findings from projects that explored how health information technology can augment quality and safety in ambulatory care.
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health Care Innovations Exchange. March 16, 2011.
This collection provides information on programs and tools to improve medication safety.
Dixon BE, Zafar A, for AHRQ National Resource Center for Health IT. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; January 2009. AHRQ Publication No. 09-0031-EF.
This report summarizes findings from interviews with AHRQ-funded grantees who have implemented computerized provider order entry systems.
Dixon BE, Hook JM, McGowan JJ, for AHRQ National Resource Center for Health IT. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; December 2008. AHRQ Publication No. 09-0012-EF.
Telehealth is a rapidly expanding approach of adopting technology to deliver health care services and information that improves the quality, safety, access, efficiency, and costs of care. Although the evidence that telehealth achieves these aims is still lacking, this report outlines AHRQ's health information technology portfolio, which funded a number of programs to evaluate this promising technology and approach. The report findings are based on interviews with lead investigators. It discusses the scope of the projects funded, the technical challenges faced, the organizational and cultural issues encountered, and the opportunities ahead.
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Decisionmaker Brief. AHRQ Publication No: 08-0085, August 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
This document summarizes the experience of numerous AHRQ-funded programs in implementing bar-coded medication administration.
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AHRQ Quality Indicators. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Prevention Quality Indicators use hospital admissions data to screen for potential quality lapses on conditions that generally don't require hospitalization if managed effectively at the primary care level.