Kaiser gets grant for EHR study

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Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research has received a $600,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to analyze its EHRs to help improve cardiovascular care.

The Oakland, Calif.-based provider and payor organization said it will conduct a two-year study of the medical records of 175,000 patients in its Hawaii region to analyze how following care guidelines for cardiovascular disease prevention and management affects the morbidity, mortality and costs of heart disease.

The Kaiser study will look at care patterns for heart disease prevention methods, such as smoking cessation; managing weight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes; and the use of beta blockers and their related outcomes and costs.

Kasier's KP HealthConnect project is creating integrated EHRs for patients in all of its regions. The organization is using various systems, including clinical applications from Epic Systems in Verona, Wis., to build the records.