California hospitals operate in a difficult environment. The desire for continuous improvement in quality of care, investment in infrastructure, and improved patient satisfaction are challenged by very real pressures to contain costs. CHCF has developed resources that address these diverse challenges through a focus on improving hospital operations and reporting on performance.
This Health Affairs article describes how CHCF-funded improvement projects have helped pave the way for California public hospitals to get ready for health care reform.
Trends in end-of-life care show that not only does the care given vary widely from region to region and hospital to hospital, but also patients often don't get the care they prefer. What can be done?
LifeWave is an e-health medical device company developing a non-invasive sensing technology for prenatal and neonatal monitoring in clinical and remote settings.
This network offers interpretation services to patients and providers at eligible public hospitals in California. Trained health care interpreters operate in 16 languages through an automated video/voice call center.
California's acute care hospitals experienced capacity changes between 2001 and 2010. Most have adjusted to economic stresses and many have improved their financial status.
Despite the high volume of hip and knee replacements, data on device efficacy, surgical technique, and patient outcomes are lacking. A statewide registry aims to fill the gaps.
Cesarean delivery rates in California rose by 50% between 1998 and 2008. But new data on health risks, geographic variation, and costs support a movement to curb unnecessary C-sections.
A pilot project shows that medication order review by remote pharmacists — dubbed telepharmacy — offers a viable solution for rural hospitals that lack night and weekend coverage.
CHCF's Health Innovation Fund invests in CareInSync's mobile platform that enables care teams to collaborate on plans for patients transitioning between settings.
Physicians and hospitals are increasingly looking to integrate in response to changing economic conditions and the promptings of the Affordable Care Act.
Can computer kiosks speed up emergency room care? An experiment in several California hospitals shows it is not as simple as just plugging them in.
CHCF's Health Innovation Fund invests in PipelineRx, a telepharmacy company that offers safety-net and rural hospitals access to remote pharmacy consultations.
The number of in-hospital palliative care programs in California has grown steadily since 2007. California's acute care hospitals describe their palliative care programs in this survey.
Hospitals often view language interpreter services as too costly. A study in Health Affairs shows eight California facilities saved money by using the Health Care Interpreter Network.
This issue brief examines technologies that are helping hospitals to expand capacity by improving their efficiency in moving patients through the stages of treatment. The analysis includes short case summaries that provide examples of such systems.