Quality Improvement

A Rural Health Information Technology Cooperative to Promote Clinical Improvement

Description: 

Demonstrated the value of health IT in improving quality of inpatient care for community-acquired pneumonia and emergency care of acute myocardial infarctions in rural hospitals.

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September 17, 2004 to August 31, 2008

Improving Health Care through HIT in Morgan County, IN

Description: 

Created a secure infrastructure for communication among providers to allow electronic sharing of patient clinical information with hospitals and other physicians/health providers in the county, region, and State; also assessed the effectiveness of the system in improving workflow, timeliness and completeness of information, patient safety, continuity of care, and health outcomes.

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September 30, 2004 to September 29, 2007

National Center for Pediatric Practice Based Research and Learning

Description: 

This project will establish the Center for Pediatric Practice Research and Learning (C-PRL). This Center will link existing pediatric practice-based research networks to develop evidence-based practices and improve child health outcomes.

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September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2018

Improving the Quality and Safety of Regional Surgical Patient Care through the Creation of a Multi-institutional Partnership for the Implementation and Support of Perioperative Informatics Tools

Description: 

Developed a detailed plan for the implementation and support of informatics tools in regional health centers including the creation of informatics tools to manage institutional surgical care information, creation of a multi-institutional partnership to manage both the informatics and surgical quality improvement programs, and the development of an economic model related to the business and safety benefits.

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September 30, 2004 to September 29, 2006

IT Systems for Rural Indian Clinic Health Care

Description: 

Integrated health services research, clinic redesign, and electronic practice management through the implementation of electronic health records and clinical decision support systems (CDSS) by partnering with three rural Tribal Health Programs to implement electronic health records with clinical decision support systems.

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September 20, 2004 to December 31, 2007

Creating an Evidence Base for Vision Rehabilitation

Description: 

Implemented the newly developed Electronic Vision Rehabilitation Record and its tools to evaluate the effectiveness of current best practices and help refine practice as the evidence indicates.

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September 1, 2004 to August 31, 2008

Measuring the Value of Remote Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Monitoring

Description: 

Examines the effect of tele-ICU monitoring on mortality, complications, length of stay, cost-effectiveness, provider attitudes, and human factors issues in ICUs and 7 community hospitals.

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September 30, 2004 to September 29, 2008

Louisiana Rural Health Information Technology Partnership

Description: 

Implemented a Complete Medical Record (a computerized emergency department communication, documentation, passive tracking, and medical records system) in an emergency department and evaluated the use of this technology toward improving patient safety and quality of care.

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September 30, 2004 to September 29, 2007

Detecting Med (Medication) Errors in Rural Hospitals Using Technology

Description: 

Implemented and evaluated a voluntary system for reporting medical errors and adverse drug events in eight small rural hospitals; identified barriers to technology, described the epidemiology and root causes of the errors, formulated quality-improvement interventions, and disseminated the results of the project.

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September 30, 2004 to August 31, 2008

CCHS-East Huron Hospital CPOE Project

Description: 

Created an information management environment that integrated patient care data, standardized practice variation and use of best practices, and supported the delivery of a seamless continuum of patient care throughout the health system through CPOE.

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September 30, 2004 to August 31, 2007