Combining low-tech and high-tech solutions has the greatest potential to help hospitals and health systems reduce cost, improve outcomes and enhance the patient experience, according to a new issue brief from AHA’s The Value Initiative. That’s because technology alone cannot improve value, and some hospitals will need time to finance, implement and use state-of-the-art technologies to their fullest potential, the brief notes. The report shares examples of how hospitals and health systems are using low-tech solutions to achieve value, from reducing energy use to addressing the social determinants of health and implementing team-based care. Over the next two years, AHA will work with members to implement four low-tech value-based strategies: age-friendly health systems; a team-training approach for obstetrics; Z codes for social determinants of health; and OpenNotes. For more information, visit www.aha.org/from-paper-to-action.

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