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Deloitte Comparative Effectiveness Study Evaluates Potential Savings Opportunities for U.S. Health Care System
Date:5/19/2009

ATLANTA, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Deloitte study profiling the comparative effectiveness systems of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Germany was released today at the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta. The findings of the report, available at www.deloitte.com/us/comparativeeffectivenessreport, conclude that if implemented correctly, comparative effectiveness has the potential to improve care and reduce health care costs for Americans.

Deloitte examined three clinical examples of comparative effectiveness studies across the four countries' national programs. The three examples are diagnostic screening detection (colon cancer), a medication (the use of statins for treatment of elevated cholesterol) and a surgical procedure (treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia).

"The results of our study demonstrate that, while the lessons from the other countries' approaches to comparative effectiveness are instructive, a cut-and-paste approach will not work in the United States," said Paul H. Keckley, Ph.D., executive director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. "Comparative effectiveness can be seen as an engine for renewed innovation in the design and delivery of evidence-based care. Health care information technology (HIT), such as electronic health records, may also play a critical supporting role in its evolution."

The study, conducted by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, illustrates the complexity and usefulness of comparative effectiveness to identify the benefits and limitations that can help the U.S. health care system learn from the other systems as health care reform and comparative effectiveness programs are further developed and funded in the United States.

Findings from the report conclude:

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