January 8, 2013
Using a Centralized Data Repository to Look at Preventive Care
Healthcare Informatics Magazine
There is no question that certain kinds of patients, especially those with chronic diseases, can cost a significant amount of dollars to a healthcare provider. According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases account for more than 75 percent of the more than $2.5 trillion spent on healthcare in the United States each year. Those who use the CDC’s Chronic Disease Calculator won’t be finding any beautiful equations there.
The need to get these patients the proper preventive services has driven patient engagement efforts across the country. Leaders at the Summa Health System, a multi-hospital, integrated healthcare delivery provider headquartered in Akron, Ohio, are always looking to improve quality outcomes and reduce costs for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes. David Littlejohn, R.N., is helping to lead the charge in an initiative as the organization’s quality improvement director. Read full article