Quality Improvement

Improving Pediatric Safety and Quality with Healthcare Information Technology

Description: 

Systematically assessed improvements in patient safety and experience of care associated with implementation of four decision support function embedded in an electronic health record: 1) the influence of weight based dosing on pediatric adverse drug events; 2) the influence of a test result tracking system on appropriate followup of ordered tests; 3) the influence of automated reminders on symptom monitoring and medications for children with asthma and attention deficit disorder.

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September 30, 2004 to September 29, 2008

Medication Safety in Primary Care Practice - Translating Research into Practice

Description: 

The project successfully developed a set of medication safety measures relevant for primary care and incorporated these measures in quarterly performance reports sent to participating practices.

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September 30, 2007 to September 29, 2010

Arkansas Delta Inpatient-Outpatient Quality Improvement

Description: 

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

Description: 

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

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June 1, 2008 to July 31, 2010