Quality Improvement

Arkansas Delta Inpatient-Outpatient Quality Improvement

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Implemented a computer decision-support system in a 23-county service area in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including several rural clinics; included a training component for physicians and other health care providers, as well as a hospital pharmacy component for adverse drug event management and prevention strategies.

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September 30, 2004 to September 29, 2007

Meeting Information Needs of Referrals Electronically

Description: 

Identified essential technological needs for accessing and sharing data and information between patients and health care providers; developed an implementation plan to expand the transmission of referral information electronically in a closed health system to an open system.

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September 30, 2004 to March 29, 2006

Evaluating Smart Forms and Quality Dashboards in an Electronic Health Record (EHR)

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Assesses the value of health IT to clinicians through creation of CDSS tools integrated with clinical documentation workflow and physician performance feedback, its impact on clinical decision support and quality assessment, and its cost-effectiveness.

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September 30, 2004 to September 29, 2009

Using Evidence-Based Nursing Practices and Electronic Health Record Decision Support to Reduce Fall-related Patient Injuries in Acute Care

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This project focused on developing and implementing CDS tools to support nurses in the development of care plans and involvement in quality improvement activities in the area of fall prevention in acute care.

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June 1, 2009 to January 31, 2011

Implementation and Evaluation of Standing Orders Using Health Information Technology

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This project implemented and examined the effectiveness of an electronic standing order process.

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June 1, 2008 to July 31, 2010

Using Health Information Technology to Support Population-Based Clinical Practice

Description: 

This project’s aim was to improve providers' ability to distinguish viral infections from bacterial infections by providing physicians and patients with timely, accessible information about the local incidence of common respiratory viruses through the use of a population health repository and decision support tools.

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September 30, 2009 to July 31, 2014

Impact of Health Information Technology on Clinical Care

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Evaluated the effects of staggered installation of an Epic health IT system that includes an EMR with provider order entry and clinical decision support in primary care settings on quality, safety, and resource use within a large integrated delivery system on cohort of 780,000 members with chronic illnesses.

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September 30, 2004 to September 29, 2008

Data Flow & Clinical Outcomes in a Perinatal Continuum of Care System

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This project implemented and evaluated an ambulatory electronic health record integrated with an inpatient perinatal system and found that increased information availability enabled providers to identify problems and respond with more intensive care.

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September 30, 2011 to September 29, 2015

Reducing Disparities in Health Care Quality for Priority Populations: An Approach Focused on Improving Care in Under-resourced Settings Using Health IT and Other Quality Improvement Strategies

Description: 

A meeting on health disparities was held to build a research and action agenda for reducing disparities in health care quality among priority populations.

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March 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010

Advancing Health Services through System Modeling Research

Description: 

This project was a joint grant solicitation between the National Science Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to fund research projects that address systems modeling in health services research, with a specific emphasis on the supportive role of health information technology.

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July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016