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Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Varied Reasons Why Patients Do Not Fill their Initial Statin Prescriptions
Date:4/23/2013

ations than do people who receive care in a nonintegrated system.

Kaiser Permanente can conduct transformational health research such as this study in part because it has the largest private electronic health system in the world. The organization's integrated model and electronic health record system, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, securely connects 9 million people, 611 medical offices and 37 hospitals, linking patients with their health care teams, their personal health information and the latest medical knowledge. It also connects Kaiser Permanente's researcher scientists to one of the most extensive collections of longitudinal and medical data available, facilitating studies and important medical discoveries that shape the future of health and care delivery for patients and the medical community.

This research was funded through a collaboration with Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, N.J.

Other study authors included: Stephen F. Derose , MD, MS, Vicki Chiu , MS, and Kristi Reynolds , PhD, MPH, of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation; T. Craig Cheetham , PharmD, MS, and Southida S. Vansomphone, PharmD, of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Pharmacy Analytical Service; Kelley Green, RN , PhD, of Kaiser Permanente Southern California Clinical Operations; Ronald D. Scott of Southern California Permanente Medical Group; and Kaan Tunceli, PhD, and Elizabeth Marrett , MPH, of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

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