Study finds digital divide in advanced use of EHRs

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About 80.5% of hospitals had adopted at least a basic electronic health record in 2015, up from 75.2% in 2014, according to a study reported online last month by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Based on the Information Technology Supplement to the AHA Survey, the study also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, patient and family engagement

Quest for Quality Prize returns to recognize stellar examples in the field

AHA News

The AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, and its sponsors say the new application and prize criteria are better calibrated to the transformation taking place in America’s health care. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, patient safety, awards, culture of safety, leadership, patient and family engagement

Pollack calls on Senate to 'reset' the AHCA discussion

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AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack today called on the Senate to “reset the discussion” over health care policy by rejecting the House-passed American Health Care Act. Kicking off the AHA Annual Membership Meeting’s Federal Forum, Pollack reiterated the AHA’s concerns about the AHCA jeopardizing coverage... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, Coverage, Redefining the H, patient and family engagement, care coordination, prevention

National Healthcare Decisions Day

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A health care crisis can be the worst possible time to make legal and medical decisions for yourself or for the care of a loved one.

Yet, that is often the case when complex decisions about care have not been made ahead of time. The physical and emotional impact of accidents and acute illness can make a... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient and family engagement, advanced illness care

Ambulatory care: The next frontier in patient safety

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By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Katie Mockaitis

Hospitals have made impressive strides in improving care in the inpatient setting and are applying those lessons to outpatient care.

Funded through a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, culture of safety, patient and family engagement, care coordination

Focusing on Teamwork and Communication to Improve Patient Safety

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By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Maureen Swick, R.N.

Patient safety experts agree that communication and teamwork skills are essential for providing quality health care.  When all clinical and nonclinical staff collaborate effectively, health care teams can improve patient outcomes, prevent medical errors,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, patient safety, culture of safety, patient and family engagement

CMS announces two new patient engagement models

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center today announced two Beneficiary Engagement and Incentives Models that will test different approaches to shared decision making regarding treatment options. The Shared Decision Making Model will test a specific approach to integrate a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, patient and family engagement

AHA Stat: Ambulatory care next frontier in patient and family engagement

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate was recently awarded a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to work with experts in ambulatory care, patient and family engagement and care transitions to create a toolkit specific to the ambulatory care setting, HRET... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient and family engagement

Ambulatory care: The next frontier in patient safety

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While acute-care hospitals across the country work diligently to improve care and reduce adverse events, what about the outpatient setting? What happens to the patient who is transitioned from one setting to another and has multiple chronic conditions? Is the patient and his or her family engaged in... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, patient and family engagement

Game app eases young patients' fears

AHA News

The hospital can be a scary place for anyone – especially children. Big machines, doctors in masks, and new places can seem like monsters to kids. 

So St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa has turned to technology to ease its young patients' fears. The hospital has released “UnMonsters,” a free game... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: child health, Community Connections, patient and family engagement

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