Vancouver physician uses Webbased patient monitoring

first_imgMost of America’s health plans follow care recommendations established by the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, a tool created by the private, nonprofit National Committee for Quality Assurance.Dr. Terry Williams has 1,940 patients.Some haven’t checked in for years. Others require consistent medical oversight for things like chronic disease, constant pain or medication management.Now the Vancouver physician is part of an innovative Web-based system designed to improve care for all his patients.Called the panel support tool, it can keep tabs on high-maintenance patients and reach out to people who go to the doctor only when they see blood spurting.“It’s all about better and appropriate care for the patients,” said Williams, a family medicine physician at the Kaiser Permanente medical center in Orchards.And there is a big gap in care, according to a study published recently by Kaiser researchers.“Patients in the U.S. receive only about half of the preventive and follow-up care now recommended by national guidelines,” said Dr. Adrianne Feldstein, senior investigator at Kaiser’s Center for Health Research in Portland and lead author of a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care.The panel support tool addresses that shortfall by comparing the care the patient is receiving to what’s recommended by national guidelines.With the world’s largest nongovernmental set of electronic medical records, Kaiser can sift information for an individual patient, or sort out groups of people with a specific condition.last_img

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