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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge)
Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge) Technology

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Description: Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge) provides evidence-based, Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA)-Integrated Discharge Instructions. This technology replaces a site`s existing Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) discharge note with a patient-friendly discharge instruction booklet that is intended to improve the discharge process and decrease hospital re-admissions. The RED intervention is founded on twelve discrete, mutually reinforcing actions intended to reduce re-hospitalizations and yield high rates of patient satisfaction.

Project RED implements the `Louise` system which is comprised of a networked server with relational Microsoft Structured Query Language (SQL) Server database; a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based data entry and management program (the `workstation`); a report generator that produces the After Hospital Care Plan (AHCP) booklet for patients to take home; and the bedside patient education system `Louise`. The system works either in a completely stand-alone fashion, in which all patient data is entered via the workstation, or with any portion of the data populated from the hospital information technology systems.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v22.4
Decision Date: 04/27/2022 at 14:08:51 UTC
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (04/27/2022 at 14:08:51 UTC).