AHRQ Resource Features 100 Health Care Innovations

August 2017

General Practitioners

Country of origin: USA

A Web resource that allows users to learn, share, and adopt innovations in the delivery of health services by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange is a government repository for successful health care innovations. It also includes useful descriptions of attempts at innovation that failed. The website is a tool for health care leaders, physicians, nurses, and other health professionals who seek to reduce health care disparities and improve health care overall.

"Sharing information about important new developments in methods of delivering effective health care is typically a hit-or-miss process," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, MD.
"Such information exchanges often occur only within organisations, through conferences, and by chance over the Internet. AHRQ's updated innovations exchange will encourage information sharing, reduce duplication and save time and money."

The website launched with 100 examples of innovations in the delivery of health care services and attempts at innovation; that number will increase as the site is updated every two weeks. Profile examples include an intensive care unit's successful efforts to shorten patient stays by setting and adhering to daily care goals; an initiative by geriatricians, nurse practitioners, and social workers to help seniors avoid institutional care by visiting seniors at home; and a patient/physician e-mail communication system that overcomes the inconvenience of automated phone systems and accommodates the difficult schedules of both the physician and the patient.

Users can:

Read articles and perspectives on the creation and adoption of innovation.
Read expert-generated commentaries on specific innovations.
Comment on specific innovations.
Participate in topic-specific presentations (e.g., Webinars) and discussions.
Join online forums that connect innovators with organisations that adopt them. Participants will identify new approaches to delivering care, develop effective strategies for implementation and evaluation, and share tips and information.

In addition to offering a venue for learning and networking, the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange offers a new home for AHRQ's QualityTools, a collection of tools used in quality improvement efforts.

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