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AHRQ Taps Kaiser for EMR Study

December 17, 2007
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded $600,000 to Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research for a study that uses EMRs to examine heart disease prevention and management in 175,000 adults.

The two-year study, which Kaiser says will begin to yield findings next summer, will review medical records of men and women at Kaiser Permanente’s Hawaii region to analyze how following care guidelines for cardiovascular disease prevention and management are connected to morbidity, mortality and costs of heart disease.

This study — one of seven recent studies that leverage Kaiser Permanente’s EMR system — will look at care patterns for heart disease prevention methods such as smoking cessation, weight management, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes management, and use of beta blockers and their related outcomes and costs.

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