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Flying the V
February 2, 2017

Hematology/Oncology Clinic reduced its average time to antibiotics from 90 minutes to 35 minutes for patients with fever and neutropenia.  Along with being the right thing to do for their patients, this is also a key outcome metric for the US News and World Report survey.

We’ve seen astronomical improvements in new patient access in 3 Divisions: Developmental Medicine, Neurology, and Infectious Diseases.

By expanding clinic capacity and doing patient recall work, General Pediatrics has significantly improved its rates of well-child care for children less than 2 years old.  They are now keeping more than 100 more patients up to date on care each month than previously.

The groundbreaking work of Dr. Jeff Hine as an embedded psychologist at University Pediatrics and Primary Care Clinic focusing on autism-spectrum disorders has decreased the average wait time for an autism evaluation appointment from 6-12 months to just 43 days.  Average age at diagnosis for patients in these practices stands at 2.8 years – a full 1.4 years younger than the national average. 

Since introduction of the asthma clinical practice guideline in May 2014, we’ve reduced the percent of patients with asthma who were admitted from the ED, reduced the amount of time treat-and-release patients spent in the ED, reduced the percent of admitted patients requiring ICU care, and shortened our inpatient length of stay.  Wow!

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