Primary care telemonitoring to support diabetes management

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): According to a new study supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), adding telemonitoring to the routine care diabetes patients receive did not significantly change outcomes. “Effect of home telemonitoring on glycemic and blood pressure control in primary care clinic patients with diabetes,” … Continue reading Primary care telemonitoring to support diabetes management

Children’s EHR format available in USHIK

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHQR): The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’S) Children’s EHR Format has moved to the United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK). This  helps align the Children’s EHR Format with related knowledgebase information, such as IT artifacts related to meaningful use, health IT standards, & related clinical quality … Continue reading Children’s EHR format available in USHIK

Webinar: Team training and patient safety

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will host a 1-hour webinar on the use of the agency’s teamwork training program, TeamSTEPPS® & what evidence is available to demonstrate the program’s efficacy in improving patient safety.  David Baker, Ph.D., TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainer & Senior Vice President at IMPAQ International, will discuss the following objectives: … Continue reading Webinar: Team training and patient safety

Most health outcomes following surgery are worse for low-income patients

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): A new AHRQ study of 12 measures of outcomes following surgical procedures found that outcomes for patients from both high- and low-income geographic areas improved between 2000 and 2009. In fact, survival following two surgical procedures—coronary angioplasty and carotid endarterectomy—improved for both high- and low-income patients, … Continue reading Most health outcomes following surgery are worse for low-income patients

New from HCUP – New state databases released

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality has released the following state Databases: 2010: State Inpatient Databases (SID): Maine State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD): Maine State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD): Maine 2011: State Inpatient Databases (SID): Maine, Utah State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD): Maine, Utah State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD): Maine, Utah  2012: State Inpatient … Continue reading New from HCUP – New state databases released

HCUP’s “Most Expensive Conditions” infographic

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): HCUP has released a new infographic, The Top Five Most Expensive Conditions Treated in U.S. Hospitals, which represents data from the recently released Statistical Brief #160: National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2011. This statistical brief provides HCUP data on the distribution … Continue reading HCUP’s “Most Expensive Conditions” infographic

Strategies to facilitate the use of health-related evidence

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) has released a systematic review, Communication and Dissemination Strategies To Facilitate the Use of Health-Related Evidence.  The review focuses on 3 areas. First, it addresses the comparative effectiveness of communicating evidence in various contents and formats that increase the likelihood that target audiences will both understand and … Continue reading Strategies to facilitate the use of health-related evidence

MEPS update

New data files & tables have been added to the  Medical Expenditure Panel Survey web site: MEPS 1996-2011 Pooled Linkage Variance Estimation File (MEPS HC-036) MEPS 1996-2011 Replicates for Variance Estimation File (MEPS HC-036BRR) 2011 Non-Group Health Insurance Tables (No. 6 Tables Series) Updated MEPS Household Component Summary Data Tables Technical Notes 2011 Expenditures by Medical Condition Tables Form … Continue reading MEPS update

Meaningful use updates in USHIK

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): Meaningful Use Portal is the "one-stop shop" for Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2 Clinical Quality Measures, their computation logic, their data elements, & the vocabularies and codes the data elements may take on. This portal has been updated with new functionality: Contains updates to the Clinical … Continue reading Meaningful use updates in USHIK

Hispanic women successfully navigate computer-based bilingual breastfeeding education program

From the AHRQ Electronic Newsletter (13 December 2013): Research supported by AHRQ evaluated the usability of a computerized learning program to provide breastfeeding education to Hispanic women residing in rural areas. “An interactive, bilingual touch-screen program to promote breastfeeding among Hispanic rural women: usability study” was published online on November 7 by the Journal of … Continue reading Hispanic women successfully navigate computer-based bilingual breastfeeding education program