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September 23, 2009

Kaiser Permanente’s Collaborative Cardiac Care Service Wins 2009 Population Health Improvement Leadership Award

Kaiser Permanente received DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance’s Leadership Award, which recognizes Kaiser Permanente’s Collaborative Cardiac Care Service as an innovative model and best use of technology toward achieving and maintaining improved health outcomes.

Kaiser Permanente's Collaborative Cardiac Care Service Wins 2009 Population Health Improvement Leadership Award

Kaiser Permanente’s Collaborative Cardiac Care Service is a Colorado-based program that has tackled coronary artery disease, the nation’s number one killer, very effectively and by utilizing Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, the organization’s extensive electronic health records system.

DMAA gave Kaiser Permanente the award, for Outstanding Technology/Innovative Tool, on Wednesday at the Forum 09, DMAA’s annual meeting.

Through Collaborative Cardiac Care Service, every Kaiser Permanente Colorado patient with a history of CAD has been enrolled in the program for both short- and long-term care. The program involves physicians, nurses and pharmacists, using proven CAD risk-reduction strategies and working collaboratively with patients. It uses evidence-based guidelines and protocols and coordinates lifestyle modification, medication management, patient education, laboratory results monitoring and adverse event management across a multifunctional team.

The results: 76 percent reduction in overall mortality, 73 percent reduction in cardiac mortality, and an estimated avoidance of 135 deaths and 260 costly emergency interventions annually.

Since 1999, DMAA Leadership Awards have honored organizations and individuals in population health management. DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance is an organization that provides services along the care continuum toward the goal of population health improvement. It promotes the role of population health improvement in raising the quality of care, improving health outcomes and reducing preventable health care costs for individuals with chronic conditions and those at risk of developing chronic conditions.

For more information about Kaiser Permanente’s Collaborative Cardiac Care Service, please visit http://xnet.kp.org/future/ahrstudy/032709cardiac.html.