Kaiser, Johns Hopkins partner on EHRs

August 4, 2014 in Medical Technology

Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins are joining forces to share data and look for better ways to put electronic health records to work toward better care.

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The two giants announced this past week that they’ll collaborate to develop best practices to improve population health, and will explore other ways to leverage their expertise to drive improvements in care coordination and cost efficiency.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to providing high-quality healthcare and service, while also leading the nation in making healthcare more affordable for Americans,” said Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser’s chairman and CEO, in a press statement.

[See also: Johns Hopkins opens new health IT center]

“This enhanced collaboration with Johns Hopkins will help us deliver on that commitment and continue to meet the evolving health needs and expectations of our members, patients and customers,” he said.

“Through a strategic collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, we will be able to cultivate the human and intellectual capital found in both organizations to significantly improve the safety and quality of care while enhancing the patient experience,” said Paul B. Rothman, MD, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, in a press statement.

The initial focus of the partnership will be to share best practices and leverage EHRs to accommodate providers’ – and patients’ – need to access clinical information quickly and efficiently, officials say.

Among its other goals: bolstering the partnership between Kaiser and Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine; working on home health initiatives, leveraging IT to deliver personalized medicine; advancing the partnership between Kaiser Permanente and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to improve treatment outcomes and lower costs; pursuing new educational programs and research-based best practices.

“This new agreement builds on the relationship Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States and Johns Hopkins Medicine have had for more than 15 years,” says Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, in a statement.  “Care providers from both organizations successfully have been working together to deliver high-quality care.”

By way of example, he pointed to a Kaiser collaboration with Bethesda, MD’s Suburban Hospital, “where physicians from both care teams work side by side to ensure the best patient outcomes.”

“Working more closely with Johns Hopkins Medicine will help us deliver an innovative care experience for our members that will translate into quality care that’s also affordable,” added Kim Horn, president of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. “This strategic collaboration will facilitate additional population health research and innovative practices benefiting both individual patients and the larger community.”

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