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Gains in 5 of 7 Quality-of-Care Patient Measures

Cardiology practices saw significant gains in five of seven evidence-based quality-of-care measures in a longitudinal cohort at 24 months compared to baseline. 1
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Adherence to Guidelines Increased Use of Evidence-Based Therapies1

Implementing a practice performance improvement program resulted in a 3-fold increase in the proportion of patients who receive eligible measures.

Comprehensive Resources, Adapted from the IMPROVE HF Study, Are Available:
  • The American Heart Association Get With The Guideline - Outpatient program extracts relevant data from existing electronic health records and provides periodic benchmarked feedback reports
  • The Medtronic Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Pathways and Tools program is designed to optimize patient quality of care and enhance efficiencies for practices with paper or electronic-based records
References
  1. Fonarow GC, Albert NM, Curtis AB, Stough WG, Gheorghiade M, Heywood JT, McBride ML, Inge PJ, Mehra MR, O'Connor CM, Reynolds D, Walsh MN, Yancy CW. Improving evidence-based care for heart failure in outpatient cardiology practices: Primary results of the Registry to Improve the Use of Evidence-Based Heart Failure Therapies in the Outpatient Setting (IMPROVE HF). Circulation. 2010;122:585-596.
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