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Released: 7-Feb-2013 6:00 PM EST
Children’s Electronic Health Record Format Announced
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Many existing EHR systems are not tailored to capture or process health information about children. The new format allows for child-specific data elements.

Released: 24-Jan-2013 5:00 PM EST
ICUs for Newborns in Nine States See Sharp Drop in Bloodstream Infections
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Central line associated bloodstream infections in newborns were reduced by 58 percent in less than a year in hospital neonatal intensive care units participating in an AHRQ patient safety program.

Released: 18-Jan-2013 2:00 PM EST
Standard Written Checklists Can Improve Patient Safety During Surgical Crises
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

When hospital operating room staff follow a written safety checklist to respond to a medical crisis during surgery, they are nearly 75 percent less likely to miss a critical clinical step.

Released: 10-Sep-2012 3:40 PM EDT
AHRQ Patient Safety Project Reduces Bloodstream Infections by 40 Percent
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

A unique nationwide patient safety project reduced by 40 percent the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units. The project used the CUSP toolkit.

Released: 26-Apr-2012 1:45 PM EDT
Videonovela Can Help Diabetes Patients Manage Their Treatment
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

A new Spanish-language videonovela, Aprende a vivir, features messages to help diabetes patients compare their treatment options to find a regimen that works best for them. It's entertaining and can be used as an education tool.

Released: 20-Apr-2012 12:00 PM EDT
Report Highlights Continued Health Care Disparities For Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The latest National Healthcare Disparities Report shows that access to health care was not improving for most racial and ethnic groups in the years 2002 through 2008 leading up to enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

Released: 10-Apr-2012 8:00 AM EDT
Pelvic Muscle Training Effective in Treating Urinary Incontinence for Women
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

A new comparative effectiveness report confirms that pelvic floor muscle training is effective for treating adult women with urinary incontinence without risk of side effects.

Released: 5-Mar-2012 5:00 PM EST
Good Cost and Quality Information Translates to Good Choice of Health Provider
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

A new study shows that when consumers are shown the right mix of cost and quality information, they are better able to choose high-value health care providers.

Released: 29-Nov-2011 1:50 PM EST
E-prescribing Is Safe and Efficient, But Barriers Remain
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Physician practices and pharmacies generally view electronic prescribing as an important tool, but both groups face barriers to realizing the technology’s full benefit.

Released: 11-Nov-2011 8:00 AM EST
"Toma las Riendas" Campaign Encourages Hispanics to Become More Active Partners in Their Health Care
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The “Toma las riendas” (“Take the reins”) campaign is a nationwide effort to encourage Hispanics to take control of their health and explore treatment options.

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