In step two of the eight-step Agile Implementation process, the Agile Implementation (AI) agent will begin identifying evidence-based healthcare services by conducting a systematic search. Evidence-based can be defined as “an approach to medicine, education, and other disciplines that emphasizes the practical application of the findings of the best available current research”. This is an important and defining aspect of the Agile Implementation process. In many other methodologies, it is often encouraged that solutions be generated by brainstorming or based off personal experiences. Identifying and implementing evidenced-based, proven solutions is a differentiator that sets Agile Implementation a part from other methodologies.
When conducting a systematic search for evidence-based services and solutions, the AI agent must ensure that the services identified address the opportunities in step one. Along with addressing the identified opportunities, the AI agent must also ensure the services promote attainment of the quadruple aim; better care, at a lower cost, with enhanced experience for the patient, family, and providers. Doing systematic searches involve reviewing published journals and literature, practice guidelines, or tapping into industry experts or policies. A great example of identifying evidence-based healthcare services is for reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). The leadership at the Indiana University Health Adult Academic Health Centers (IUH AAHC) set out to identify and implement evidence-based solutions to reduce CLABSIs in 2015. The reduction project utilized established clinical care guidelines published by the CDC. These guidelines were solutions that were proven to work, supported by evidence, and came from highly regarded organizations. By using evidence-based healthcare services, the AI agent will be able to choose a quality solution best fit for the identified opportunity.
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