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Date:2/14/2008

to improve the quality of care, reduce costs and avoid serious errors. At last, in this landmark study, is the proof of the hypothesis. Since 80% of our healthcare costs are incurred caring for patients with chronic diseases, these findings will have important implications for the cost, quality, and safety of American health care."

Data on the Rogosin patients was entered into and managed using an electronic medical record developed by MIQS, Inc. of Boulder, CO and designed for day to day patient care. The record stores and organizes the patient's information including diagnoses, procedures, symptoms, signs, medications, orders, test results, dialysis treatments and data on all conditions, whether or not directly related to kidney disease. It stores this information from all venues of care provided by any healthcare provider. The information is layered into the system, which contains a query and decision support system and reminder tools that help medical personnel track data in real time. In a typical year over 25,000 discrete pieces of data were recorded for each patient. The system includes a large library of reports and tools that provide a mechanism to flag conditions, lab values or other unexpected health outcomes that may not normally be seen.

"We believe that having a system to collect, query and analyze extensive data -- including information that is not directly related to the condition we are treating -- greatly impacts the outcomes of patients. This is especially important for patients who have multiple systemic diseases that need ongoing evaluation and treatment by many health care providers over many years and at various sites," said Jonathan Lorch, MD, of The Rogosin Institute and Weill Cornell Medical College. "The improved mortality rates we saw in our patients who were tracked using MIQS are striking."

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The MIQS electronic patient record was incorporated in three Rogosin Institute dialysis centers in 1998, 1999 an
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