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

ONC reports seven-fold jump in hospital patient access to electronic health information

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Seven in 10 hospitals provided their patients with the ability to view, download and transmit their health information electronically in 2015, a seven-fold increase from 2013, according to a report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, patient and family engagement

Half of adults express willingness to participate in Precision Medicine initiative

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Eight in 10 American adults support the Precision Medicine Cohort Program and up to 54% might participate if asked, according to a recent survey by the National Institutes of Health. The federal program aims to engage one million or more Americans in a national research study to help prevent and treat... read more

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

Leadership, culture, innovation makes Memorial Medical Center tops in quality

AHA News

Strong leadership, a culture that fosters continuous improvements in care and innovations that hold the promise of transforming clinical training and enhancing patient safety have earned Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill., the 2016 AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize.

The AHA July 17 presented... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality care, patient safety, Community health, awards, culture of safety, patient and family engagement

Report: More hospital patients can access medical records, perform key tasks online

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Hospitals are offering individuals more electronic access to their medical information than ever before, according to a new AHA TrendWatch report highlighting patient access-related results from the AHA Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement. For example, 92% of hospitals last year offered... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, patient and family engagement

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