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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.
Schneider EC, Ridgely MS, Meeker D, Hunter LE, Khodyakov D, Rudin R. RAND Health. Washington, DC: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; May 2014. RR-654-DHHSNCH.
This report evaluates the implementation of a quality improvement initiative designed to characterize, track, and mitigate adverse events related to health information technology (IT). Investigators sought to determine challenges to engaging in identifying and addressing safety risks related to health IT in 11 health care organizations, and this publication outlines experiences and lessons learned from participating institutions. The authors call for greater awareness of safety risks related to health IT, better cooperation between risk management and health IT departments, identification of safety measures for health IT, incentives for health IT developers and vendors to improve health IT safety, and increased investment in risk management, health IT, and safety in ambulatory settings. The recommendations in this report serve as a blueprint for future practice and policy efforts to augment safety in the era of electronic health records.
Washington, DC: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Federal Communications Commission. Silver Spring, MD: Food and Drug Administration. April 2014.
While implementation of health information technology (IT) is widely recommended, research has raised the concern that it may lead to unintended consequences on patient safety. This draft report explores key recommendations for ensuring the safe use of health IT, such as the establishment of a "Health IT Safety Center" to test, disseminate, and promote assessment tools. The comment submission period is now closed.
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de Boer M, Boeker EB, Ramrattan MA, et al. Int J Clin Pharm. 2013;35:744-752.