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“Key elements of the program include establishment of a comprehensive hypertension registry, development and sharing of performance metrics, evidence-based guidelines, medical assistant visits for blood pressure measurement, and single-pill combination pharmacotherapy,” the news release said.
For example, by leveraging the patient registry and data analytics technology, Kaiser could produce “customizable queries” to identify groups of patients with poorly controlled hypertension who were then “evaluated for appropriateness of treatment intensification,” the JAMA report said.
Every one to three months, the program generated hypertension control reports, which were distributed to the directors of each medical center in Kaiser’s northern California region. “During the study period, a central hypertension management team identified successful practices and disseminated effective strategies to the medical centers,” the study article said. Regular reporting “facilitated identification of high-performing medical centers in which successful practices or innovations were identified and then disseminated program-wide. Although feedback at the individual clinician level has long been used to promote change, we focused on clinic-level feedback to facilitate operational and system-level change.”