In April of this year, I swtiched gears slightly, from spending time to discover the determinants of patient access / connectivity to their care system through personal health records, to examining the possibilities of creating connectivity with the California Healthcare Foundation.
We’ve been talking to several people and the Foundation is allowing me to present our ideas in sequence, here, for critique, improvement, and interest among potential partners. The goal is to launch a project that will connect multiple stakeholders in the health ecosystem, to improve chronic care management, in California. Timeline and details are going to be posted over time.
Let’s start with the case for hypertension as a chronic illness worthy of examination, though. Take a look at this graphic. What does it say to you about the state of high blood pressure care in the United States? What are the opportunities using HIT and Health 2.0? Are there corrections to be made?
Update: After finding an error in the image, I decided to leave it in, with this note that it’s incorrect, and a corrected version is in this post. PDCA is about iteration.
Quote: “…undiagnosed hypertension and treated but uncontrolled hypertension occur largely under the watchful eye of the healthcare system.” – Hyman and Pavlik
Sources (formatted for Zotero):
1. Fang J, Alderman MH, Keenan NL, Ayala C, Croft JB. Hypertension Control at Physicians’ Offices in the United States. Am J Hypertens. 2008;21(2):136-142. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ajh.2007.35 [Accessed May 8, 2008].
2. Rosamond W, Flegal K, Furie K, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics–2008 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Circulation. 2008;117(4):e25-146. Available at: http://circ.ahajournals.org [Accessed May 7, 2008].
Tomorrow: Impact to Californians