In the United States, the status of coordination among pediatric care services is not well understood. Through the use of quality improvement (QI) techniques, coordination gaps were systematically identified in the interagency network of pediatric services in Kalamazoo MI. Gaps were found in transportation resources, follow-up procedures, awareness of services, interagency communication, insurance limitations, population behaviors, and resource utilization. This preliminary study reveals the need for (1) protocols for intra- and inter-agency communication, (2) mechanisms for easy and fast retrieval of pediatric resources, and (3) health information exchange.
Prieto DM, Kumar A, Kothari CL, Dickson C. Systematic identification of coordination gaps in pediatric care. Front Public Health Serv Sys Res 2016; 5(4):12–20. DOI: 10.13023/FPHSSR.0504.03.