The guideline advantage – American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Stroke Association

Posted on April 1, 2011. Filed under: Evidence Based Practice | Tags: |

The guideline advantage – American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Stroke Association

From Healthcare IT News 31 March 2011
National health groups team up for quality

“DALLAS – Three major health organizations, the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, have collaborated to create a quality improvement program aimed at improving outpatient care nationwide. Working with electronic health records providers from around the country, the program will provide doctors with the ability to easily gather, access and report on important data that can ultimately lead to improved care and outcomes for patients.

The program, called The Guideline Advantage, targets four of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.

Modeled after the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines quality suite of programs, the program was first launched in 2009 as Get With The Guidelines-Outpatient, and focused on cardiovascular health. Now, as The Guideline Advantage, the program provides the basis for evaluating and improving outpatient treatment for ? and prevention of ? these four diseases, which share many similar risk factors.

The Guideline Advantage measures and compares the quality of care given by doctors and other healthcare providers in practices and clinics outside the hospital setting. The goal is for providers to implement the evidence-based guidelines for caring for patients who have or who are at-risk for these conditions, and help improve the way they provide that care. Through the use of electronic health records, the program will also develop a rich database of information for future heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes research.”

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