Using Electronic Medical Records to Target Care

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The MetroHealth System is harnessing the power of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) to enhance care, decrease costs, and improve health outcomes for their patients. MetroHealth is a health system with 17 locations based in Cleveland, Ohio and is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Using EMR data, MetroHealth carefully selected 28,000 patients for their Care Plus program, giving them Medicaid coverage, coordinating their care, providing personalized follow-up from nurses, and tracking the outcomes. Data from the first nine months of the Care Plus program show improved health outcomes and reduced emergency room visits.

MetroHealth is a founding partner of the Better Health Greater Cleveland initiative, a regional health care improvement collaborative. Better Health Greater Cleveland runs Red Carpet Care, a program designed to deliver care to so-called 'super-utilizers.' In January 2013, Red Carpet Care enrolled 150 patients with chronic conditions and assigned them each a Nurse Practitioner to help them get the care they needed. After 18 months, Better Health can now report on patients' health status before and after the program, and on the costs associated with their care.

Join us to learn about MetroHealth and Better Health Greater Cleveland's innovative approaches to targeted care, and hear a report on the early outcomes of their programs.

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