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Improving Patient Safety Through Health IT EHR: the electronic backbone for evidence-based support!

Electronic Health Records are the electronic backbone for providing evidence-based clinical decision support and best practice protocols to reduce risk of threats to patient safety. Utilizing EHR technology can also expose potential safety problems when they occur, helping hospitals avoid more serious consequences for patients and leading to better patient outcomes. The following resources are peer-reviewed case studies demonstrating how hospitals have leveraged EHR/IT enabled workflows to reduce hospital acquired infections, reduce hospital-readmissions, lower adverse drug events, and improve patient outcomes.

HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence winner, Truman Medical Center, used a health-IT enabled order set and workflow to dramatically decrease pressure ulcer occurrences. View the Truman Medical Center Pressure Ulcer Case Study.

HIMSS Stories of Success winner Advocate Health Care reduced Venous Thromboembolism using a Clinical Decision Support Alert in the Electronic Medical Record to achieve a 10% decrease in VTE rate while lowering alerts. View Advocates VTE case study.

Roadmaps, White Papers, Use Cases and Wiki Pages - August 06, 2015 These links to articles, technical papers, use cases, and wiki pages have been selected as examples of the importance of interoperability and standards in exchanging healthcare Information.

White Papers

12 Hospital Apps for Quick Mobile ROI

This whitepaper answers the million-dollar question of mobile ROI in healthcare. How can hospitals put mobile apps to work quickly, to solve real, costly problems? We have gathered the best and quickest mobile use cases that can make a measurable impact on:is the remote delivery of health care services and clinical information using telecommunications technology. This includes a wide array of clinical services using internet, wireless, and telephone media.

It's no longer enough to build a single app to succeed in mobile patient engagement. Patient journeys include multiple mobile moments – you can capture them by offering targeted branded apps. But how can hospital marketers and IT find the resources to churn out multiple apps quickly?

Check out these simple apps your hospital can launch quickly and tackle the most pressing issues. These mobile ideas will instantly make sense to your clinical directors, CEO, and CFO:


Health and Information Technology America's Healthcare Providers are using Health IT and EHRs

Read how America's healthcare providers are now using EHRs and Health IT to achieve meaningful use and help to improve their patients' care and health.

Download the Healthcare Providers and Health Information Technology Infographic [PDF - 2.6 MB] An illustration showing over 40% of All PCPs are working with REC (Regional Extension Centers) to achieve meaningful use. This includes over 60% Rural PCPs and over 80% FQHCs and look-alike organizations.

Physicians using EHRs that met meaningful use criteria are more likely than other physicians to report clinical benefits across 8 of the 10 measures. Among them, those with 2 or more years of EHR experience were most likely to report clinical benefits across all 10 measures.


Help Your Patients Engage In Their Health Care

Research shows that when patients are engaged in their health care, it can lead to measurable improvements in safety and quality. To promote stronger engagement, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed a guide to help patients, families, and health professionals work together as partners to promote improvements in care.

The Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety focuses on four primary strategies for promoting patient/family engagement in hospital safety and quality of care:

As a first step in developing the guide, AHRQ conducted an environmental scan assessing the current literature, tools, and resources available to engage patients and families in their care in the hospital setting.

Read the findings from the environmental scan report, at Guide to Patient and Family Engagement: Final Environmental Scan Report. Based on the environmental scan report, AHRQ developed the Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety, which underwent pilot testing at three hospitals and was refined based on feedback from patients, family members, health professionals, and hospital administrators. For more information about the environmental scan or the Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety, contact Margie Shofer at (301) 427-1259 or Marjorie.shofer@ahrq.hhs.gov.


Healthcare Informatics Podcast: How Much Concern Should There be Over MACRA?

ARTICLE MACRA's first performance year is set to begin in just a few months. Experts discuss how concerned and prepared physicians are right now, and what changes we might see in the final rule.

August 4, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal


Patient and Clinician Videos Asking questions about your health care is a smart decision.

Patients and families who engage with health care providers ask good questions and help reduce the risk of errors and hospital admissions. In these short videos, patients talk about how simple questions can help you take better care of yourself, feel better, and get the right care at the right time. Doctors and nurses talk about how your questions help them take better care of you and give advice on how you can be an active member of your health care team and get your questions answered. Videos on this site require the Adobe Flash® Player.

Linda Bradley-Tiernan, M.D.
  Linda Bradley-Tiernan, M.D.
This heart doctor brings her list of questions when she visits her doctor and says you should too.
Watch her video. (Flash®, 2 min.)

Carolyn Clancy, M.D.
This doctor is leading the charge in encouraging better communication between patients and clinicians.
Watch her video. (Flash®, 2 min.)


Christina Cyphers
By asking questions about her medicines, this young woman got the correct diagnosis and feels better than ever.
Watch her video. (Flash®, 2 min.)

Laurri Diener

Laurri Diener
Asking questions and having a doctor who listens helped this mom find—and treat—what was ailing her
Watch her video. (Flash®, 2 min.)

Molly Glassman

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