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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funds KP study of electronic records for heart disease
Date:12/17/2007

ts one of the greatest opportunities in health care for improving health and reducing the burden of chronic cardiovascular diseases like congestive heart failure and ischemic vascular disease."

This study is part of a growing trend, led by Kaiser Permanente, to use electronic medical records to improve health care outcomes. Other current and recent studies that use electronic medical records include efforts to evaluate the quality of care of cancer prevention, HIV treatment, diabetes management, osteoporosis care, and costs for services delivered in excess of guidelines recommendations. KP HealthConnect is the electronic medical records system used throughout Kaiser Permanente, which has nearly 9 million health plan members and 448 medical centers and medical offices in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Ohio, Georgia, Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.

With an integrated care system like Kaiser Permanentes, researchers can tap vast quantities of electronic data with KP HealthConnect to improve quality of care, reduce death rates and lower costs. Electronic medical records enable us to examine data of an entire population in ways not previously possible by analyzing the total medical care experience to determine what works and what does not, find patterns of care that are more effective, and define the cost effectiveness of various approaches to care, said Thomas M. Vogt, MD, MPH, senior investigator at Kaiser Permanentes Center for Health Research in Honolulu and the principal investigator for the study. This is the first study to our knowledge that connects the degree to which each patient and each clinical practice adhere to evidence-based care guidelines to the risk of disease events that those guidelines are designed to prevent."


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Contact: Danielle Cass
danielle.x.cass@kp.org
510-267-5354
Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
Source:Eurekalert

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