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Date:2/14/2008

d 2000. By December 31, 2006, the patients had been treated by maintenance hemodialysis for a total of 3924 treatment years. A retrospective analysis was made using query tools embedded in the software. The data was compared with patient information compiled from the US Renal Data System dialysis population. The 1790 patients had underlying primary diseases and multiple co-morbid conditions affecting many organ systems. Year by year mortality, hospital admissions and staffing were analyzed.

Results

An analysis of data annually after the implementation of the electronic patient record system in the three centers showed a marked decrease in mortality, with rates of 37%, 37% and 35% less than that reported by the US Renal Data System. Clinical staffing was 25 percent lower per 100 patients than the national average, thereby lowering costs.

"Because dialysis is such a standardized treatment throughout the country, the difference we saw in outcomes in the Rogosin patients was very significant," said Victor Pollak, MD of the University of Colorado and MIQS, Inc. "This is clearly a case when patients' improved outcomes could be directly attributed to an electronic patient record."

The Rogosin Institute is a non-profit treatment and research institute affiliated with the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. The Institute provides treatment for kidney disease, including dialysis and transplantation, cardiovascular disease related to cholesterol and lipid problems, cancer, diabetes and hypertension. It participates in research to improve the treatment and prevention of these conditions.

MIQS, Inc., of Boulder, CO, is the premier provider of medical record and financial software for dialysis. Founded in 1990, the company has developed and marketed a suite of software products used in the treatment of renal and other chronic diseases.

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