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Kaiser Permanente Pilot Reduces Cardiac Deaths by 73 Percent
Date:3/27/2009

Success Relies on Front-line Teams Supported by Technology

OAKLAND, Calif., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente has substantially improved the heart attack survival rate for its members in Colorado through an innovative program that links coronary artery disease patients, and teams of pharmacists, nurses, primary care doctors and cardiologists, with an electronic health record and advanced clinical care registry. The results of this pilot, the Collaborative Cardiac Care Service, were demonstrated today at the Washington, D.C., briefing, "Reforming the Health Care Delivery System: A Team Approach," cosponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform, Kaiser Permanente and the AFL-CIO.

With the federal government poised to invest billions of dollars in health information technology, George C. Halvorson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, stressed the importance of caregivers' training, coordination, and ability to use that technology in achieving better health outcomes. Halvorson, joined by Kaiser Permanente practitioners in Colorado, outlined how the organization has put technology -- including its industry leading EHR, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect(TM) -- into the hands of health providers to enable a full spectrum of personalized and coordinated care. That spectrum includes proactive patient outreach, education, lifestyle adjustments and effective medication management, among other tactics.

"Technology itself cannot solve the health care crisis," Halvorson said. "Our Colorado region achieved quality care results by aligning people and technology in the most efficient care delivery system. It was not newer or more expensive treatments, but an integrated approach to deliver the right care at the right time. Maximizing information for the clinician means optimizing care for the patient. As Congress and the president engage on health care reform, we must focus on the need to change the way w
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