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Intensive Primary Care Program Achieves Better Outcomes for Virginia Mason Patients

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Patients with complex health needs such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease and other chronic health conditions require specializied medical attention. Care for such patients is typically uncoordinated, which often results in costly and frequent services. Recognizing this, Virginia Mason Medical Center developed an innovate primary care program for this population that has resulted in … Continue reading Intensive Primary Care Program Achieves Better Outcomes for Virginia Mason Patients

Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Bones Program Results in Reduction in Hip Fractures

Kaiser Permanente

According to recent information from the National OsteoporosisFoundationand the Office of the Surgeon General, osteoporosis is a major medical problem. The disease currently affects 8million women and 2 million men in the United States. Kaiser Southern California has a fully integrated Healthy Bones Program in place at all eleven of its medical centers. Using its … Continue reading Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Bones Program Results in Reduction in Hip Fractures

Kaiser Permanente’s Joint Replacement Registry Improves Patient Outcomes While Reducing Costs

Kaiser Permanente

Within the US, over 600,000 total hip and total knee replacements are performed each year. By the year 2030, that number is projected to exceed 4 million. Annual hospital costs associated with these procedures are projected to exceed $65 billion by 2015. The projected increases in the demand for total joint replacements and the costs … Continue reading Kaiser Permanente’s Joint Replacement Registry Improves Patient Outcomes While Reducing Costs

Information Technology Supported Care Teams Significantly Improve Care for Patients with Heart Disease

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente Colorado has significantly reduced the mortality rate for patients with heart disease, which is the nation’s number one killer for both women and men. Using team-based medical best practices and computer-supported care registries, doctors and clinical care teams reduced overall mortality by 76 percent and cardiac mortality by 73 percent. Coronary Artery Disease … Continue reading Information Technology Supported Care Teams Significantly Improve Care for Patients with Heart Disease

Depression Care Curbs Rate of Suicides at Henry Ford

Henry Ford Health System

A quality improvement initiative for the Health Alliance Plan members who receive care at Henry Ford Medical Group resulted in dramatically bringing down the rate of suicide in its 200,000 patient population. Over 9 consecutive quarters, there were no suicides among the patients of the Perfect Depression Care Program of the Behavioral Health Services division … Continue reading Depression Care Curbs Rate of Suicides at Henry Ford

New Tools Empower Patients to Make Decisions

Group Health Cooperative

Studies show that if patients are given information about all of the options available to treat their condition in a palatable manner, they are much happier with their medical decision and the outcome. Patients also tend to choose less aggressive treatments. This can improve patient safety and health outcomes while bringing down the cost of … Continue reading New Tools Empower Patients to Make Decisions

Diabetic Care Management at Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Healthcare

Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death by disease in the US. But caring for diabetic patients is remarkably simple. Most health care providers understand what needs to be done to keep diabetics well, but it is difficult and time-intensive to get the patient to participate in the process — and it’s easy for … Continue reading Diabetic Care Management at Intermountain Healthcare

TeleStroke: Using Technology to Facilitate Care

The Cleveland Clinic

Approximately 60 percent of stroke patients access their initial medical care within three hours of the onset of symptoms. The TeleStroke program of Cleveland Clinic is a distance health application that will address the issues surrounding time-critical therapeutic intervention. TeleStroke uses videoconferencing and image transfer to connect Cleveland Clinic stroke specialists with stroke patients located … Continue reading TeleStroke: Using Technology to Facilitate Care

Enhancing Primary Care for Mental Health Patients – at a Lower Cost

Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Healthcare, a non-profit integrated healthcare system with 22 hospitals in Utah and Idaho, has had a long-established clinical integration structure, which enables physicians, nurses, and medical assistants to collaboratively treat most patients with chronic illnesses. However, doctors in primary care often struggle with the burden of demand. In particular, these physicians felt ill-equipped to … Continue reading Enhancing Primary Care for Mental Health Patients – at a Lower Cost

Controlling Elective Inductions at Intermountain Brings Benefits to Mothers and Newborns

Intermountain Healthcare

A few years ago, Intermountain noticed a striking trend that was part of a larger national phenomenon. Women and their doctors were more frequently choosing to induce labor and increasingly, those inductions were happening at 37 or 38 weeks gestational age. Intermountain’s medical research team was concerned that early inductions might have negative health consequences … Continue reading Controlling Elective Inductions at Intermountain Brings Benefits to Mothers and Newborns