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Kaiser Permanente - Stanford Heart Research Center Funded to Study Treatment Outcomes
Date:8/11/2008

agement and outcomes of coronary disease and chronic heart failure in the current treatment era. Our center also will help to train the next generation of cardiovascular outcomes researchers. We look forward to collaborating with the other AHA Outcomes Research Centers on even larger-scale projects in the future."

The AHA-PRT will involve Ralph Brindis, MD, MPH, cardiologist and senior advisor on cardiovascular diseases for The Permanente Medical Group, and vice president of the American College of Cardiology, who will provide an experienced clinical, organizational, and national perspective as questions are formulated and addressed.

The Stanford-Kaiser Permanente Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Center is one of three new centers to receive funds from the AHA to improve the nation's cardiovascular health by investigating the best possible treatments for heart disease. The other centers are at Duke University and at UCLA.

"The core of the AHA-PRT center is our plan to link together the various electronic databases used for patient care at Kaiser Permanente," said Dr. Hlatky. This will be the first effort making use of all the medical databases for Kaiser Permanente's 3.3 million members throughout Northern California to investigate the use and outcomes of the various treatment options for heart disease patients. "Our goal is to identify a representative population of patients who have coronary disease or heart failure and document which treatments they are getting and how well those treatments are working," he said.

This AHA award follows another huge collaborative research effort led by Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research to understand cardiovascular disease: the Cardiovascular Research Network. Established last year through a $7.5 million grant by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the Cardiovascular Research Network is leveraging the collective cardiovascular expertise, diverse community-based study populations and rich
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