UC Announces $3.4M in Grants for Initiatives To Improve Patient Care
In an effort to promote improved patient care throughout the state, the University of California Center for Health Quality and Innovation has awarded nine grants totaling $3.4 million to university faculty and staff, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.
CHQI, which launched in October 2010, aims to promote clinical care innovation and improve patient outcomes. The center received $5 million in initial funding support from a $1 million commitment each from UC-Davis, UC-Irvine, UCLA, UC-San Diego and UC-San Francisco (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 7/11).
The latest grant awards will go toward projects aimed at:
- Decreasing hospital readmissions among patients with mental health conditions;
- Implementing a bedside ultrasound educational program;
- Improving patient care transitions;
- Limiting patient exposure to radiation;
- Preventing blood clots;
- Reducing the risk of falls in hospitals;
- Recruiting undergraduate students for patient support efforts;
- Standardizing CT doses across UC medical centers; and
- Using wireless health tools to improve stroke rehabilitation efforts.
In the fall, CHQI officials hope to award a second round of grants focused on efforts to improve hospitals' operational quality and efficiency (CHQI release, 7/11).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.